Development of an instructional doll for children with diabetes

The principal treats many children with type 1 diabetes each year. When children are diagnosed with diabetes, a lot suddenly changes. They have to eat differently, understand how glucose and insulin work in the body and learn to inject insulin themselves. Especially the latter is scary and exciting.

To teach insulin injecting, the client developed a prototype of an instructional doll in collaboration with an earlier Smart Solutions project. This doll is about 50 centimeters tall, has a fake skin that children can prick on and motivates the patient by telling them if they pricked correctly. The doll was received with great enthusiasm in the department, and the students were able to officially present the doll within the hospital: this short film shows the making-off and presentation of the doll.

This prototype is workable and is actually deployed with the client. Now the next step is to get from “prototype” to “working product. For this there are practical technical and functional requirements to be picked up, but it is also the desire to give the doll more focus on education regarding what exactly insulin does in the human body.

The goal of the project is to make an improvement plan based on the feedback and wishes of patients, parents and healthcare professionals, and to actually implement it. At the end of the semester, you will have actually implemented the improvements so that we can continue to use the new improved doll in the near future!

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):