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

Andrews, Simon (2019) Designing better hip protectors: a critical and contextual review examining their acceptance and adoption in older populations. The Design Journal, 22 (sup1). pp. 331-345. ISSN 1756-3062

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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: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2019.1595423
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: ppub 01-04-2019; issued 01-04-2019; epub 31-05-2019.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
ISSN: 1756-3062
Subjects: Technology
Courses by Department: School of Architecture, Design & Interiors > Sustainable Product Design
SWORD Depositor: Mr JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: Simon Andrews
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 14:34
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 13:49
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/3345

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