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Eudaimonic flourishment through healthcare system participation in annotating electronic health records

Pennefather, Peter, Suhanic, West, Seaborn, Katie and Fels, Deborah I. (2016) Eudaimonic flourishment through healthcare system participation in annotating electronic health records. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD), 13-15 Oct 2016, Toronto, Canada.


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We have suggested elsewhere that technology, systems, and services designed for human use in
pursuing the “good life” should consider states of eudaimonic flourishing as well as hedonic pleasure
as design goals, along with traditional ergonomic factors. Here we consider how eudaimonic
systemic design principles can be applied to the design challenge of creating a personal health
record (PHR) system that can be owned and managed by the person the record is about. We develop
an idea of a record that links the person's self‐reported experience of eudaimonic flourishing to
electronic medical records of a system's perspective on that person's health. The idea is to create a
record for guiding salutogenesis despite a complex chronic care condition that is episodically
disabling like incurable chronic pain. Using the concept of nourishment as an analogy, we advance
the concept of flourishment. We define a systemic design framework for a PHR domain that can host
a personal record of eudaimonic flourishment and engaged resilience (a PREFER domain). That
domain needs to track personally experienced consequences of the outputs of specific healthcare
system services in terms of their impact in driving a virtuous cycle of flourishment. We take the
position that eudaimonic flourishing is essentially a sense‐making process, and discuss the overlap
between the concepts of well‐being and of eudaimonic flourishing. (217).

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 20:40
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:01
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1926

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