Themes: To develop methods capable of the accurate assessment of user needs and to present this data in such a way that it can be used by industry to produce products that will be improved from the users’ perspective and therefore lead to better health care provision.
Description: To research the means, ease and value of assessing user needs requirements in the various stages of medical device development. The starting assumption is that methods to perform the necessary assessment are already well documented but for various reasons there are barriers to their widespread acceptance. The plan is to perform case studies to demonstrate how these methods can be tailored to specific products and then assess the value of the information gained and present this in a form that can be used by industry.
Strategy: Work on case studies using specific medical devices to address the above objectives. Medical devices differ widely; some of the issues may be more or less relevant. Thus case studies must be chosen to provide broad coverage of the medical device domain.