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Flik: design tool on adaptation process for non-designers in a rehabilitation setting


Mat Yusof, Nurhikma and Raja Ahmad Effendi, Raja Ahmad Azmeer and Dolah, Mohd Shahrizal and Yahaya, Mohd Faiz and Bolong, Jusang and Haron, Nuzul Azam and Harun, Azahar (2020) Flik: design tool on adaptation process for non-designers in a rehabilitation setting. ALAM CIPTA, International Journal on Sustainable Tropical Design Research & Practice, 13 (2). pp. 25-32. ISSN 1823-7231


Adaptation is a key practice in rehabilitation that assists the client’s recovery following a disease or injury. Lack of design skills and problem solutions has turned the process into a fuzzy front, especially for entry level therapists. Furthermore, the low adaptation tool rate usage has listed several contributing factors, which includes non-compliance, uncomfortable designs, low aesthetic values, scant personal acceptance, inadequate instructions, and training. However, the design thinking concept has seen an increase with the adoption of interdisciplinary studies in recent years. From the aspect of innovation, the concept seems difficult to implement without close supervision from design experts. That said, a proper design process shall be introduced to therapists for better adaptive tools in the future. The purpose of this study is to assist in the adaptation process for occupational therapy as a self-assisting tool through the design process. This method is a convergence of OT and design practice into a design-health system, which resulted in the development of FLIK (Functionled Innovation Kit), that supports non-designers (therapists) while performing adaptation activities, albeit not possessing formal design knowledge. Overall, this study investigates the opportunity of an interdisciplinary collaboration between design and health sectors; as well as to enhance work practices which is imperative for more effective services and recoveries in future.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Design and Architecture
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Adaptation process; Client-centered; Design strategy; Occupational therapy; Research tool
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2021 17:41
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2021 17:41
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/84436
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