A co-design approach refers to a set of theories, practices, and studies on how to include the end users as active design partners in the design process. As part of the iCARE-PD project, a co-design approach is being conducted with patients living with Parkinson’s disease. In the role of design partner, patients and caregivers are considered to be equal stakeholders in the design of services or new technologies throughout the whole process. Various methods and techniques are developed to involve users in co-design dialogues (Sanders, Brandt & Binder, 2010). These techniques combine 3 elements (Brandt, Binder & Sanders, 2013): telling (e.g. sharing experiences, challenges and dreams), making (e.g. sketches, mock-up for externalizing and embodying ideas in an artefact) and enacting possible futures (e.g. imagine and act out future solutions, scenarios of use). As part of this workshop, we will develop two techniques that will be used with patients, caregivers and health professionals: (1) Patient Journey Mapping and “Envisioning cards”.
Researchers, students and volunteers can participate in this workshop. We will design and prepare the materials for the co-design workshops with patients, caregivers and healthcare providers.