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08-12-2017 | Ankylosing spondylitis | Article

Using Patient Feedback to Optimize the Design of a Certolizumab Pegol Electromechanical Self-Injection Device: Insights from Human Factors Studies

Advances in Therapy

Authors: Barbara Domańska, Oliver Stumpp, Steven Poon, Serkan Oray, Irina Mountian, Clovis Pichon

Publisher: Springer Healthcare


We incorporated patient feedback from human factors studies (HFS) in the patient-centric design and validation of ava®, an electromechanical device (e-Device) for self-injecting the anti-tumor necrosis factor certolizumab pegol (CZP).
Healthcare professionals, caregivers, healthy volunteers, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or Crohn’s disease participated in 11 formative HFS to optimize the e-Device design through intended user feedback; nine studies involved simulated injections. Formative participant questionnaire feedback was collected following e-Device prototype handling. Validation HFS (one EU study and one US study) assessed the safe and effective setup and use of the e-Device using 22 predefined critical tasks. Task outcomes were categorized as “failures” if participants did not succeed within three attempts.
Two hundred eighty-three participants entered formative (163) and validation (120) HFS; 260 participants performed one or more simulated e-Device self-injections. Design changes following formative HFS included alterations to buttons and the graphical user interface screen. All validation HFS participants completed critical tasks necessary for CZP dose delivery, with minimal critical task failures (12 of 572 critical tasks, 2.1%, in the EU study, and 2 of 5310 critical tasks, less than 0.1%, in the US study).
CZP e-Device development was guided by intended user feedback through HFS, ensuring the final design addressed patients’ needs. In both validation studies, participants successfully performed all critical tasks, demonstrating safe and effective e-Device self-injections.
UCB Pharma.
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