An article from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society calls attention to a recent study published in Ergonomics in Design, "Using Storytelling to Elicit Design Guidance for Medical Devices." In the study, human factors/ergonomics researchers evaluated the use of storytelling as a qualitative research method in the product development phase. The researchers determined that storytelling — as compared to more formal interview methods — led to more open discussion of human factors and ergonomics problems and helped generate detailed information about the user's personal experiences with a medical product.
This type of information could be a useful resource for Human Factors Engineering, which, as explained in an MDB article from last November, is an FDA-endorsed approach to engineering with an awareness of human capabilities, limitations, and tendencies in mind. It's interesting to consider how healthcare practitioners' "stories" could help shape the types of scenarios that medical device designers should consider and/or simulate in the product development process. Take a look at the Ergonomics in Design report here .