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Towards Healthcare Sustainability: A developmental design approach -147


Pranay Arun Kumar and Peter Jones

We report on systemic design methods and outcomes from a workshop and continuing design development for a research agenda to propose effective waste and environmental strategies in the healthcare industry. The recent interest in systems and expansion of systemic design research has produced new avenues for designers to contribute to complex socio-technical problems in designerly ways. We position our approach as developmental design, similar to developmental evaluation, wherein a longer-term, high-impact goal is pursued through an ongoing series of design and evaluation interventions. The goal of the research is to contribute to managing design for critical sustainability issues within the complexity of healthcare as an industry. Three phases of design research are discussed in this programme. First, a virtual design workshop produced a problematique from contributions of mixed-expertise designers, using a selected set of tools from the Systemic Design Toolkit. Analysis and design interventions were developed by the authors. A current phase of the study is developing a synthesis map, translating research to a design artefact which projects the complexity of a wicked problem rather than distils complexities to distinct action points. Thus, the artefact – the synthesis map – serves as a frame of reference to promote further research in the continuing programme on targeted interventions which are contextually relevant to stakeholders in sustainable healthcare policy.

Keywords: developmental design, sociotechnical systems, healthcare, sustainability

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