How to increase Aphaeresis blood donation in Estonia?
As a part of a research we've conducted in EKA, we've found out that the highly need in aphaeresis donors do not match with the health center marketing approach and priority. In our research we focused on the main target audience, and after interviews, surveys and observations, and after a long process of ideation and validation, we came out with a few possible strategies to approach this challenge.
The project was part of Design for Social Innovation course
Master's of Interaction Design, EKA, Tallinn, Estonia
Mentored by Riina Raudne and Tanel Kärp
With me in the team were Kaspar Orasmäe and Karri Kaljend
North Estonia Medical Centre Foundation
Cooperation with Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)
Apheresis is a medical procedure that removes only the needed components from
the donor’s blood. It’s a novel, more beneficial and preferred method for blood
donations, yet the experience also has downsides and not so many existing
benefactors sign up for it. What are the barriers and how might we nudge blood
donors to sign up for this new service?
Desk Research - articles, trends, social media, academic articles
Survey - 164 responses, mostly Estonian and german females
Interviews - 12 interviews with doctors, health center workers, blood donors and nurses.
Observations - 3 in total, through the hole donating process
Service design methods:
Social ecological model
How Might We
Transtheoretical model/ Stages of change
Based on the questionnaire and interviews, prime candidates for aphaeresis are healthy young male.
For them, donorship is something to be proud of, something constant, something to achieve.