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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 July 2021

Edward Abela*
University of Malta
Philip Farrugia
University of Malta
Maria Victoria Gauci
University of Malta
Emanuel Balzan
University of Malta
Pierre Vella
University of Malta
Glenn Cassar
University of Malta
Abela, Edward, University of Malta Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Malta,


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Understanding the viewpoint of clinicians in a healthcare setting is a vital task to comprehend the success of patients undergoing physical rehabilitation. Addressing user experience is an essential activity which designers undertake when formulating product specifications at the early stages of product design. The involvement of clinicians during the product use-phase influences the progress and achievements attained by the patients throughout their rehabilitation journey. Several clinicians (n=16) were asked to participate in a qualitative study to evaluate the performance of different personae in activities of daily living. The experiences of patients who use rehabilitation products as part of their therapy session at the clinic were evaluated. Based on this evaluation, a set of clinician requirements were formulated to reflect the overall experience when using rehabilitation products. Understanding these requirements brought about several implications to be considered during the design cycle. Through these considerations and by adopting a user-centred design approach, designers are in a better position to design innovative products targeted at providing a high-quality user experience which increases customer satisfaction.

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