Pumps & delivery devices
Risk assessment for surgical equipment
We tested the redesigned device with a surgical team trained on the current system.
This included in-person testing in an outpatient clinic, in the surgical team’s environment. We evaluated system setup, tool programming, and use during a simulated surgery.
Acceptability of new drug formulation and device
The manufacturer wanted to evaluate the usability and acceptability of the new formulation and prototype device and gather insights for further development.
We conducted one-on-one in-depth interviews with participants currently taking the pill form of the medication. Participants were asked to complete a simulated-use scenario using the prototype device. We obtained feedback on ease of use, physical attributes, need for instructions, and overall acceptability of the device. We also captured participant data around the new liquid formulation, including appearance, taste, and color.
While the device was relatively easy to use, feedback about the acceptability and usefulness of the device for daily use was largely negative. Participants nearly unanimously cited the size of the device as a major deterrent (especially as it related to portability, storage, disposal, etc.) and were also hesitant about the potential taste of the medication. Due to these issues, it was not recommended that development of the device be pursued for this medication unless substantial changes were made.