CASE STUDY

Developing the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Toolbox

UNMET NEED

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is a long-term rheumatic disease that affects approximately 15,000 children and young people in the UK. JIA causes chronic joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness, and often makes everyday activities difficult. Although some products exist to support children and young people with JIA, most have not been designed with input from children and young people and are therefore not fit for purpose.

SOLUTION

The JIA Toolbox originates from an earlier co-design project led by Ursula Ankney, a Design Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University. This user-centred project collaborated with children and young people with JIA and identified four clear unmet needs:

  1. Self-management of pain
  2. Physiotherapy engagement
  3. Communication with stakeholders
  4. Symptom recording

A prototype device was developed and tested for each unmet need, together creating the JIA Toolbox. This project now aims to further develop and evaluate these four prototypes in a clinical setting.

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT BEFORE WORKING WITH NIHR CYP MEDTECH

Basic idea

Concept development

Prototype development

Prototype validation

Clinical testing

Regulatory approval

Manufacturing

Commercially available

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY NIHR CYP MEDTECH

Access to NHS clinical teams

NIHR CYP MedTech facilitated an introduction between Ursula Ankeny and the rheumatology clinical team at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Funding application support

NIHR CYP MedTech supported the project team by identifying relevant funding calls and co-authoring the grant applications.

Project management

NIHR CYP MedTech are providing day-to-day management of the project and supporting networking within the MedTech sector.

NEXT STEPS

This project is currently focusing on validating the prototypes with children and young people and clinical teams before evaluating the devices in a more extensive clinical research study.

IMPACT

JIA Toolbox has been co-designed with children and young people, parents/guardians, clinical teams, and teachers to ensure that it meets key stakeholder needs. JIA Toolbox has the potential to significantly improve children and young people’s pain self-management skills, increase their engagement with physical activity, improve communication with stakeholders, and embed positive health behaviours at a younger age. Together, these products have the potential to empower and equip children and young people to improve their independence, confidence, and functional ability.

FUNDING

This project was awarded funding by NIHR CYP MedTech in October 2019 to further develop the products. The project team are currently applying for further funding to continue the development and evaluation of the four products.

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Last updated: 09 October 2020