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Innovationsprojekt i en klinisk miljö: Utvecklandet av en designprocess för Sister Kenny Research Center
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Innovation projects in clinical settings : Development of a design process for the Sister Kenny Research Center (English)
Abstract [en]

The Sister Kenny Research Center is part of the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute located

at the Abbott Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis, USA. The Sister Kenny Rehabilitation

Institute provides rehabilitative services, treating more than 70,000 patients a year.

The Sister Kenny Research Center strives to optimize the service to patients by nurturing

new innovations in rehabilitation care and treatment. Research projects are conducted in

interdisciplinary so-called Clinical Innovation Teams. As the Sister Kenny Research Center is

recently started, it did not prior to this thesis project have a design process or structured way of

working in design projects.

The outcome of this thesis project is a comprehensive innovation strategy package with a set of

tools to enhance the innovativeness at the Sister Kenny Research Center. The strategy package

consists of three interlinked parts:

A design process adapted to the work environment at the Sister Kenny Research Center

ensuring projects are conducted in a structured and innovative manner.

An Innovation Handbook describing the design process to the Clinical Innovation Teams

and providing step-by-step guidance to designing. The handbook is written for people

with little or no previous experience from design projects.

A report with recommendations to the management at the Sister Kenny Research Center

of how to best support design projects. The report includes aspects of workplace design,

recommendations on how to deal with uncertainties that come when moving between

clinical care and research and ideas of how to ensure quality of care and maintain

productivity when clinicians engage in research activities.

This innovation strategy package provides the Sister Kenny Research Center with a good

foundation for conducting innovation projects.

Abstract [sv]

Sister Kenny Research Center är en del av Sister Kenny Rehabiliation Instititue, som återfinns

på Abbott Northwestern sjukhuset i Minneappolis, USA. Sister Kenny Rehabiliation Instititue

behandlar mer än 70.000 patienter per år.

Sister Kenny Research Center strävar efter att optimera servicen till patienterna genom att främja

innovationer inom rehabiliteringsmetoder och rehabiliteringsteknik. Forskningsprojekten på

Sister Kenny Research Center drivs i interdisciplinära så kallade Clinical Innovation Teams.

Eftersom Sister Kenny Research Center nyligen startades hade man innan detta examensarbete

ingen designprocess att arbeta efter.

Resultatet av detta examensarbete är en heltäckande strategi för innovationsarbete, innehållandes

ett antal verktyg för att främja innovationsförmågan på Sister Kenny Research Center.

Strategipaketet innehåller tre delar som är kopplade till varandra:

En design process speciellt utformad för situationen på Sister Kenny Research Center,

som skall säkerställa att forskningsprojekt utförs på ett strukturerat och innovativt sätt.

En handbok i innovationsarbete som beskriver designprocessen för medlemmarna

i Clinical Innovation Teams och därigenom ger instruktioner steg för steg i hur man

utvecklar produkter. Handboken är skriven för personer med liten eller ingen tidigare

erfarenhet från utvecklingsprojekt.

En rapport med rekommendationer till ledningen på Sister Kenny Research Center om

hur man bäst kan stödja designprojekt. Rapporten innehåller tips om utformning av den

fysiska arbetsmiljön, rekommendationer om hur man ska tackla de osäkerheter som

kommer av att flytta mellan sjukvårdsarbete och forskning, samt förslag på hur man kan

säkerställa patientkvalité och produktivitet.

Detta strategipaket tillhandahåller Sister Kenny Research Center en bra grund för utförandet av

innovativa och framgångsrika projekt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009.
Series
MMK 2009:30 MCE 178
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-99673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-99673DiVA: diva2:542475
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Sister Kenny Research Center,Lars Oddsson
Uppsok
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