The project aims to understand patient experiences of cancer patients specifically intravenous chemotherapy by redesigning the current infusion chair to ultimately improve these experiences. This involves designing around obvious functional aspects of an infusion chair, emotional sensitivities and aesthetic experiences of the infusion process. Chemotherapy is a means of cancer treatment used typically to combat stage 3-4 cancer, where the cancer has spread throughout the body. Because of the nature of cancer, any cell type can become cancerous therefore making one treatment to combat all kinds of cancer is not feasible. Chemotherapy is a whole body treatment that attacks the cancerous malignant tumors, however cannot differentiate between a normal or mutated cell. So while chemotherapy is a means of treating cancer, it also has various side affects due to the nature of treatment. Because of this, the emotional experience of chemotherapy patients, like cancer, can differ between every patient depending on their situation.
This research focuses on design language and the relationship with emotional sensitivities of experiences that occur within the hospital will help provide proof and understanding of the emotional affect design artefacts have on patients. The emotional effect of designed artefacts can differ depending on the experience/product interaction due to the wide variety of experiences within the hospital environment. However, the general trend of the emotional spectrum of patients throughout the continuum of care is surrounded by negative emotions. To name a few: Hope, despair, encouragement, confusion, fear, satisfaction, anger, disappointment, safety, loneliness, anxiety, support, depression, and relief”. The main objective of this research is to investigate the possibility to combat these negative emotions through a design language that bridges the intrinsic nature of care with the physical display of products. The end goal is to cultivate a new design language which is emotionally resonant with the emotional experience. This the research will be carried out from a human-centered perspective to investigate opportunities to generate a design response through physical product design.