Wednesday 21 March 2018 – Lunchtime Seminar with Gemma Wheeler (Design Researcher at Lab4Living)

Banner image for Gemma Wheeler's C3RI Lunchtime seminar - courtesy of Gemma Wheeler

Speaker: Gemma Wheeler (Lab4Living)

Title: Engaging patients, families and healthcare staff to explore and enhance patient participation in spinal cord injury rehabilitation: A design-led PhD case study

A spinal cord injury is a devastating event that results in partial or complete paralysis and/or loss of sensation below the level of injury. It requires a long, complex, multidisciplinary rehabilitation process in order to re-learn the skills needed for daily living, and to integrate this ‘new normal’ into a person’s identity and lifestyle. Greater patient participation in this process has been linked to better functional outcomes and sense of control, but how do we define ‘participation’? And how do patient values or priorities fit into medical decision-making processes?

In this lunchtime seminar Gemma Wheeler will be describing her experiences in an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Glasgow School of Art and the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow. This study brought together patients, family members and healthcare professionals to explore and enhance patient engagement and participation in this rehabilitation process. The talk will describe how a mixed-method approach led to the co-creation of new opportunities in the patient pathway for mutual learning and collaborative decision-making, and the implications this has for Design practice more widely. It will conclude with a short summary of how these learnings have informed Gemma’s work in her current position as Design Researcher in the interdisciplinary research group, Lab4Living.


See here for details of other seminars in the series.

All SHU staff and students are welcome to attend the C3RI Lunchtime Research Seminars. If you are from outside of the University and would like to attend a seminar, please email the C3RI Administrator to arrange entry.