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MENO CLINIC 

Future patient room at the gynecologist

I´ve designed a future patient room at the gynecologist clinic as my bachelor thesis work. This patient room offers a more private visit and dose not expose the woman infront of the doctor. All to ensure a more comfortable experience of going to the gynecologist. 

 

BA thesis 

10 weeks

2020 spring

Focus area

In collaboration with

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The flow of the room

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How can we improve the experience for woman at the gynecologist clinic?

Watch a 3 minutes pitch

Research

Survey

User study

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Interviews

= 73 people

the chair is placed in front of the door

you have to walk in front of the doctor after you changed

Problem area

the instruments is showing

Interviewing workers

Maria

Midwife

Youth care center

Umeå

Anna

Midwife

Youth care center

Umeå

Sandra

Midwife

Husläkarna

Umeå

Eva-Lena

Curator

Hud- & STD Mottagningen

Umeå University Hospital

Anna

Nurse

Hud- & STD Mottagningen

Umeå University Hospital

Karolina 

Doctor

Hud- & STD Mottagningen

Umeå University Hospital

Klara

Architect

LINK architecture

Umeå

selection from survey + interviews

Quotes

”OUR EVERYDAY LIFE IS NOT THE PATIENTS’ EVERYDAY LIFE ”

”THE POSITION OF THE CHAIR AGAINST THE DOOR IS NOT OPTIMAL”

”A SMALLER ROOM MAKES YOU FEEL LESS EXPOSED”

Workshop

I held a workshop with 7 woman and their task was to build a patient room of how they picture it today and one of how they wanted it to be. The second task was to select the material that they felt was representing the patient room today and their wish of materials. 

These are the materials that they think represent the patient room today.

Workshop pain points

Room today:

exposed

bad placing of chair

uninviting

Room future:

organic shapes

clear structure of flow

nicer furnitures

Materials today:

metal 

cold feeling of materials

naked skin against plastic

Materials future:

no materials that you get stucked in

more friendly materials

more colour

Form

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moodboard - chair

inviting - private - soft

enclosing

comfortable,

being able to adjust

fit all body types

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moodboard - interior

colourful - organic forms - welcoming

Pattern

Pattern designed for being placed above the chair in the exam area

This pattern is going to be placed above the chair in the exam area to remind the patient that she is the boss over her body. The pattern is quite calm but there is still something that is happening so that the patient has something to look at during the exam. The importance of the pattern is to have a balance between having a distraction but still be aware of what is happening regarding the exam. 

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Pattern designed for welcome area

This pattern is for the concave wall in the welcome area. In the patient room today there are no patterns or nice prints that decorate the wall and gives a welcoming feeling. So this is an important feature for the expression of the room. 

Plan overview

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semi transparent wall

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By having this semi-transparent wall, the doctor will be able to see when the patient is ready and the patient will still have privacy because of the frosted wall. This makes it feel less exposed from the patient's point of view.

Scenario

Todays plan solution

In most of todays patient rooms, you have to walk undressed infront of the doctor. And the walk from the undressing area to the chair can be quite long. That is one factor that makes the situation very exposed. There are no clear sections of privacy in the room and the interior is not build after the patients perspective...

Future plan solution

This patient room is structured after the patient experience and does also enhance the doctors work flow. A structured flow of the room and well designed details creates a less exposed situation. This patient room creates a private feeling and the patient do not have to walk undressed infront of the doctor. 

1, gynecological chair

2, hospital chair

where the patient moves in the room

where the doctor moves in the room

zink

chair

desk

Feedback

Youth care center in Umeå

Liked the flow of the room and that you feel less exposed

The chair is feeling more inviting

Should not feel too "cozy" but still inviting. 

University Hospital (Hud -och STD mottagningen) in Umeå

MENO CLINIC

Future patient room at the gynecologist

The result of my project is a thoughtfully planned patient room where the patient doesn’t have to go undressed in front of the gynecologist and where the gynecological chair is screened from the door. All to ensure a more comfortable experience of going to the gynecologist.

By having a new chat area and by separating the room with a semi-transparent wall, makes the patient more involved in the conversation and less focused on the upcoming exam.

Welcome area

The semi-transparent wall makes it easy for the doctor to see when the patient is ready by seeing their contours through the wall.

The sink for the doctor is outside the exam area to allow a more private feeling for the patient when the exam is done.

The dressing room is designed to invite the patient to a calm and relaxed feeling. It´s equipped with towels to have around the body when going out to the exam area, tampons, menstrual pads, soap, hand disinfection and paper towels. There are also bins for the different products.

Bathroom / Undress area

The dressing room has also a folding chair and a quote above it that says, “Undress your lower body, keep your socks on if you want.”

Exam area

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The chair wasn´t the main focus in this project but I still wanted to re-design it because today´s chair gives a very hard impression and express an unpleasant feeling. It needs a more friendly impression.  

The quote and the graphics in the roof above the chair are to remind the patient that she is the boss over her body and that she can stop the exam if something doesn't feel okay.

Exhibition Young Swedish Design

Young Swedish Design 2021 is a co-production between Svensk Form and IKEA Museum, in association with Kulturhuset Statsteatern and City of Malmö.

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