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Title: A mobile swabbing booth to address Singapore GPs’ concerns about swabber protection: human-centred design during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Teo, Boon See 
Li, Esther
Khoo, Yi-Lin
Evaristo, Michelle
Fang, Yang
Smith, Helen E.
Keywords: COVID-19
Infection control
Primary Health Care
Quality improvement
Safety management
Swabbing booth
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2021
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Citation: Teo, Boon See, Li, Esther, Khoo, Yi-Lin, Evaristo, Michelle, Fang, Yang, Smith, Helen E. (2021-09-08). A mobile swabbing booth to address Singapore GPs’ concerns about swabber protection: human-centred design during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Family Practice 22 (1) : 180. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health asked Singapore’s private general practitioners (GPs) to perform swab testing in their clinics, but some GPs had concerns about swabber protection. Our aim was to develop a swabbing booth to address these concerns. Methods: We developed a prototype with potential GP users using a human-centred design approach and piloted it with 10 GP clinics. The pilot was then extended to 170 GP clinics around Singapore. These GPs were then surveyed on user satisfaction. Results: Ninety-three GPs (54%) responded. The majority (75%) practiced in public residential estates in small practices (mean 1.95 doctors). 86% requested the booth to enhance swabber protection. 74% “would recommend” or “would strongly recommend” the booth to colleagues. 79% continue to use the booth to conduct swab tests. 92% liked that it offered swabber protection. 71% liked that the booth created a separate space for swabbing and 64% liked its ease of disinfection. 47% started swabbing only after receiving the booth and 58% said the booth was “important” or “very important” to their decision to participate in swab testing. However, 34% disliked that it took up too much space and the most frequently critiqued area was the gloves. Conclusion: The human-centred design approach generated a product that had high user satisfaction, addressed GPs’ concerns of swabber protection and increased GPs’ participation in swab testing. The booth may be useful where GPs are concerned about swabber protection and space is limited. © 2021, The Author(s).
Source Title: BMC Family Practice
ISSN: 1471-2296
DOI: 10.1186/s12875-021-01531-8
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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