Design to help people in pain
Do you want to improve healthcare by using your graphic design skills? Danderyds pain rehabilitation clinic wants to improve patient’s care by making their rehabilitation material more understandable and attractive. For this thesis project we are looking for one (or a pair of) graphic design student(s).
Pain is one of the most common reasons a patient sees a doctor. Most of the time, pain doesn’t last long and is quickly forgotten. Unfortunately, for some patients the pain does not pass. Their body keeps hurting for weeks, months, or even years. The Highly Specialized Pain Rehabilitation Clinic at Danderyds sjukhus offers a rehab program where a team of physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists offers individual and group treatments to provide coping strategies to regain control over the patient’s life again.
People with long lasting pain can have concentration and or cognitive difficulties. Therefore it is important to provide information in an easy and visual way. Furthermore patients and staff want to keep track of the patient’s daily progress, therefore a diary is required.
To make communication about long lasting pain easier to understand and help patients to track their performance.
During this project you will:
- Learn about long lasting pain
- Make illustrations to help the staff to communicate knowledge about pain
- Design a consistent layout style for all material that is presented or handed out by the clinic, which can be used by the staff, both analog (compact folder) and digital (pdf)
- Design a diary for patients to track their performance during rehab
The graphic design student we are looking for has strong communication & visualization skills, is good at understanding a client’s needs, speaks Swedish, and is highly motivated to make an impact in healthcare.
The thesis is intended to start as soon as possible, at the latest January 2018, until May 2018. You will, in addition to your academic supervisor, receive a supervisor from Clinical Innovation Fellowships (CIF). CIF is a joint initiative of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska Institutet (KI), and EIT Health, inspired by, and in cooperation with, Stanford University. The project requires a few visits to Danderyds hospital, in Stockholm.
Mail your portfolio, CV, and motivation letter (in English) with at least one reference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Add ‘Application Rehab Material’ as a subject line. Deadline for application is 30/11/2017. We will begin screening applicants immediately and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the project and/or the application process.
We look forward to your application!