Combining design research with microbiology to tackle drug-resistant infections in different home environments in Ghana:Challenging the boundaries of design thinking

Tsekleves, Emmanouil and Darby, Andrew and Ahorlu, Collins and de Souza, Dziedzom and Pickup, Roger William and Boakye, Daniel (2019) Combining design research with microbiology to tackle drug-resistant infections in different home environments in Ghana:Challenging the boundaries of design thinking. The Design Journal, 22 (Suppl.). pp. 347-358. ISSN 1460-6925

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is twofold. Firstly, to present design research work that crosses into specialist medical areas, in this instance that of antimicrobial resistance (AMR); and secondly, to contribute to the debate on the need for design driven research to explore alternative ways of delivering healthcare by focusing on preventive design responses. These points are addressed in the exploration of an international design-led research project, Dust Bunny. The project uniquely combines design research and microbiology to provide an informed assessment of societal practices in domestic cleanliness and to co-create novel solutions that reduce infections in the home. The findings and experiences from this unique transdisciplinary collaboration (design, microbiology, epidemiology and social science) reveal several insights on the challenges and opportunities on challenging the boundaries of design thinking.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Design Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1704
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 132536
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2019 10:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 03:32
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/132536

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