Materiality in probes: Three perspectives for co-exploring patient democracy

Eva Knutz, Thomas Markussen, Signe Mårbjerg Thomsen

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    The overall aim of this paper is to increase designers’ understanding
    of how materiality can be of value in probing. Initially, we position
    ourselves in relation to existing approaches to probing. Hereafter, we
    introduce three different theoretical perspectives on materiality in
    order to make some useful conceptual distinctions. The explanatory
    strength of each perspective is then exemplified through a case study,
    where probing was used extensively as a method of co-exploring
    cancer patients’ individual and social needs. The contribution of
    the paper lies in offering a detailed understanding of how the
    materialising of probes can be used as different modes of inquiry
    in co-exploring activities. Through these, we define a more holistic
    picture of the cancer patient in a societal context both as individual, as
    family member, as patient and as citizen, in relation to how individual
    participation in own treatment might be configured.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)142-162
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Probing, Co-Exploring, Social Design, Patient-Centred Care
    • probing
    • Materiality
    • design for well-being
    • design & democracy
    • material participation


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