Improve Adherence to Health Tech. Solutions
The Adherence Canvas is a tool to guide and measure the consideration of adherence to improve it during the design and development of medical technology.
More than 50% of patients don't adhere to medical technology especially when self-administrated. The Adherence Canvas aids in the improvement of adherence consideration during the design process.
About the Adherence Canvas
The Adherence Canvas is a tool to guide and measure adherence factors during the design of health technology. The Canvas is based on an adherence framework that focuses on patient-administered medical technology. Improving adherence factors improves patient adherence to the medical regimen.
The Adherence Canvas is part of Rafiq Elmansy’s PhD research at the School of Design, Northumbria University. The PhD researched the Role of Design Thinking in Improving Adherence in Self-Administered Treatment Technology in 2021. The research is supervised by Dr Stuart English (1st supervisor) and Prof Gilbert Cockton (2nd supervisor).
The current publications provide details of the empirical data underpinning the research:
Elmansy, R. and English, S. (2023), Implementing Evidence-Based Design to Improve Adherence in Self-Administered Treatment Technology. Design Manag J, 18: 63-86. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmj.12088
Elmansy, R. (2021). Exploring the role of design thinking in improving patient adherence to self-administered treatment technology. Doctoral thesis. Northumbria University.
How Does it Work?
Why You Need It?
Adherence is one of the critical factors in the medical practice for patients, clinicians and the healthcare system. The impact of poor adherence becomes exacerbated when the treatment is patient-administered and in chronic diseases.
Poor adherence blurs the medical intervention’s effectiveness resulting in patient condition deterioration and losses for the healthcare system.
Poor adherence causes a reduction in intervention’s efficacy in the evaluation and clinical trials.
Good adherence positively affects patient’s medical condition and empowers patients to self-administer their treatments.
Good adherence drives market success and patient trust in the intervention.
Don’t know how to drive patients to adhere to your product usage? The general Adherence Canvas can guide you through general factors of adherence.
Ensure that adherence is considered in your product planning phase. Measure how each factor is considered in the medical product or service.
Do not let your product fail evaluation procedures (or clinical trials) because patients didn’t use the product. Evaluate how adherence is considered before testing the product.
What Experts Say..
Our Research Collaborators
Patient Empowerment Ambassadors
Dr Stuart English, FRSA
Associate Professor (PhD research supervisor)
School of Design, Northumbria University
Co-founder, Tookie Limited
(A Life More Normal)
Dr Alex Cole
Head Of Strategic Marketing, CPI
Senior lecturer , Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
Dr Giana Carli Lorenzini
Researcher, Dept of Design Sciences,
Lund University Sweden
Co-founder and CEO of Alio
Dr Rafiq Elmansy, PhD, FHEA, FRSA
MA Design programme leader, Lecturer of design,
School of Design, University of Leeds