B Lewis J, S Brady S, Sutcliffe S, L Smith A, R Mueller E, Rudser K, D Markland A, Stapleton A, Gahagan S, Cunningham SD, and Prevention Of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Plus Research Consortium
International journal of environmental research and public health [Int J Environ Res Public Health] 2020 Jun 17; Vol. 17 (12). Date of Electronic Publication: 2020 Jun 17.
Female, Health Status, Humans, Protective Factors, Risk Factors, United States epidemiology, Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, Urinary Bladder, and Urologic Diseases epidemiology
Lower urinary tract symptoms affect a substantial number of women in the United States (U.S.) and globally. In 2015, the Prevention of Lower Urinary tract Symptoms in women (PLUS) Research Consortium was funded to establish the scientific basis for prevention efforts by (1) understanding healthy bladder function and (2) identifying risk and protective factors for bladder health in women across the lifecourse. This transdisciplinary consortium generated a list of over 600 candidate risk and protective factors for bladder health in women and girls and refined and prioritized these into 29 focused research questions to inform a national longitudinal observational study in the U.S. This paper describes that process using design thinking, a human-centered set of principles and strategies by which innovations are developed, as a framework. Design thinking is an iterative process consisting of five stages: Empathizing with end-users of innovations, Defining core principles girding the work, Ideation of all possible solutions, and rapid-cycle Prototyping and Testing of solutions. Lessons learned are offered to inform future prevention science research endeavors that might benefit from such an approach.
Vallentin-Holbech L, Dalgaard Guldager J, Dietrich T, Rundle-Thiele S, Majgaard G, Lyk P, and Stock C
International journal of environmental research and public health [Int J Environ Res Public Health] 2020 Feb 09; Vol. 17 (3). Date of Electronic Publication: 2020 Feb 09.
Adolescent, Adult, Communication, Emotions, Female, Humans, Peer Group, Young Adult, Alcohol-Related Disorders prevention control, Computer Simulation, Health Promotion methods, and Virtual Reality
Collaborative knowledge generation and involvement of users is known to improve health promotion intervention development, but research about the roles and perspectives of users in the co-creation process is sparse. This research aimed to study how young people perceived their involvement in a co-creation process focussed on the development of a gamified virtual reality (VR) simulation-VR FestLab. The Living Lab methodology was applied to structure and guide the co-creation process. Living Lab participants were comprised of students, health promotion practitioners, researchers, and film and gaming experts who collaboratively designed and created the content and structure of the VR FestLab. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine students who participated in the Living Lab and represented young end users. Interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. Students described that they had influence on their tasks. They felt included and expressed that the collaboration with and feedback from peers and other stakeholders increased their self-efficacy and empowered them to take ownership and generate new ideas. Participants voiced that they lacked information about the final production of VR FestLab. Co-creation guided by the Living Lab methodology produced added value in terms of empowerment and increased self-efficacy for the students involved. Future Living Labs should plan for communication with participants about further development and implementation processes following ideation and prototyping phase.