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Just Lose It!

Exploring Health Adherence Through Design Thinking


Author(s)

http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=1069&id=1069
Jody L. Vogelzang
Department of Allied Health Sciences
Grand Valley State University
vogelzjo@gvsu.edu
Elizabeth L. MacQuillan
Allied Health Sciences
Grand Valley State University
macquile@gvsu.edu
Janna E. Pacey
Allied Health Sciences
Grand Valley State University
paceyj@gvsu.edu
Geraldine J. Terry
Kirkhof College of Nursing
Grand Valley State University
terryg@gvsu.edu
Jeffery A. Trytko
Office of the Vice-Provost of Health
Grand Valley State University
trytkoj@gvsu.edu
Marie E. VanderKooi
Department of Nursing
Grand Valley State University
vandema1@gvsu.edu

Abstract

This case study introduces “Rose” and “Michael,” a couple with infertility issues that may be related to Rose’s weight. The story details a visit to a pre-conception clinic and the struggle that Rose and Michael face in addressing underlying issues with adherence to clinic instructions. The case makes use of the five steps in the problem-solving process of design thinking as Rose and Michael progress through activities such as keeping a food record and a reflection diary, to navigating real life barriers to weight loss. Students assemble facts, synthesize information, and interpret behaviors during the sections of the case as they become familiar with terminology and techniques that impact a universal health issue of non-compliance, or as we find in the case, non-adherence. This case was developed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in a variety of health profession majors and would work well as part of an interdisciplinary class including social work, community health, health education, nursing, and dietetics.


Objectives

  • Identify barriers to behavior change.
  • Describe how external and internal factors impact health and behavior change.
  • Synthesize complex data to create a comprehensive assessment.
  • Apply principles of design thinking to create an effective intervention for the case problem.
  • Practice collaborative skills.

Keywords

Design thinking; health non-compliance; infertility; weight management; obesity; food journaling; patient adherence; social determinants of health

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Professional (degree program), Clinical education

Format

PDF

Type Methods

Interrupted

Language

English

Subject Headings

Interdisciplinary Sciences Nursing Nutrition Physiology Psychology Public Health Sociology


Date Posted

11/19/2019

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