Designing better hip protectors: a critical and contextual review examining their acceptance and adoption in older populations

Andrews, Simon (2018) Designing better hip protectors: a critical and contextual review examining their acceptance and adoption in older populations. In: 13th European Academy of Design Conference, ‘Running with Scissors’, 10-12 April 2019, Dundee. (Submitted)

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Abstract / Summary

Hip fractures are a very serious condition in the elderly, greatly increasing morbidity and mortality. Hip protector garments, with integrated impact absorbing or deflecting pads, are known to help reduce hip fractures when worn by high-risk populations. However, uptake of these products is low. By investigating academic studies and sales and marketing literature, this paper provides a critical and contextual review of barriers to acceptance and adoption of hip protectors amongst older adults. This is part of a broader PhD investigation to establish how hip protection can be improved through human-centred design. Discomfort is the most reported barrier to acceptance although there are several more, including aesthetics and difficulty of use. Receptivity towards hip protectors is key to eventual compliance, and design criteria including aesthetics, convenience, comfort and cost should be as important as the level of impact protection to the hip joint.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Fashion & Textiles > Fashion > Fashion Design
Research > AIR > Sustainable Design
Fashion & Textiles > Textiles > Textile Design
Courses by Department: Academy of Innovation and Research > Research
Depositing User: Simon
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 11:38
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 11:38
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/3130

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