Conversational Media: Designing a Decision Aid for Diabetes Medication Choice

Faculty: 
Nassim JafariNaimi
Students: 
Megan Hamilton

Over 29 million people in the U.S. live with type II Diabetes. There are many types of medications available to help manage Diabetes, and these medications impact patients' lives in unique ways. Following tenets of evidence-based medicine, participatory design and shared decision making, design researchers at the Mayo Clinic have created a set of cards for use in patient-physician conversations, to help both parties reach a decision on diabetes medication choice. I'm working on an updated digital version of this decision aid, which offers opportunities for tailored content and easier-to-update information while aiming to maintain the flexible, accessible spirit of the original tool.

Lab: 
Director: 
Nassim JafariNaimi
Faculty: 
Nassim JafariNaimi
Students: 
Aditya Anupam

Design and Social Interaction Studio brings an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students together to examine the experiential and participatory dimensions of digital media and their relationship to establishing and supporting democratic forms of social interaction. Research at the studio spans both theoretical inquiry and experimental design, situated at the intersection of Design, the Humanities, and Human Computer Interaction. We design and investigate a variety of design products and services (e.g., locative media, visualizations and mapping, policy media, social and educational media) drawing on a range of design methods and strategies, most notably participatory and co-design methods, ethnographic methods, and experimental designs.

Projects are often in collaboration with other units on campus, other schools, as well as local non-profit organizations. Among current collaborators are Schools of Public Policy and Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech; the iSchool at the University of British Columbia; Mayo Clinic; and local organizations such as Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Fulton County Department of Health, and Central Atlanta Progress.