User-Centered Design: Use of the User-Capacity Toolkit to Obtain Subject Data with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease of autoimmune origin, which mostly affects women aged 40 to 70 years. Thinking about the well-being and quality of life of this population, and the search for the satisfaction of human needs, the research aims to raise the physical and cognitive abilities / limitations of a subject with RA through the User-Capacity Toolkit (UCT). This set of tools aims to guide the stages of data collection, organization and analysis in Assistive Technology (AT) projects. The results demonstrate that the main limitations of the subject are related to the performance of simple activities of daily living, as well as to the handling of the product in question, due to its limitations of strength and dexterity caused by RA. These difficulties reduce the subject’s autonomy, who ends up needing the help of another person. However, it becomes evident the need for ATs that can reduce this dependency, allowing autonomy, comfort and safety for the user.
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