My name is Dan and I am a graduate student at San Jose State University, studying Human Factors and Ergonomics. I am currently running an anonymous survey study assessing the impact of injection device usability on patient acceptance and usage of injectable medication (found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3SX5723 ).
I am doing this to demonstrate to pharmaceutical companies just how important it is for patients that an injection device is usable and user friendly. I plan on publishing my results so that awareness of this issue endures, spreads, and hopefully influences the design choices companies make when creating these devices.
Have you experienced any type of issues or problems during the first few attempts at using an injection device at home, whether this applies to your current device/drug or some previous device/drug you were prescribed? I am interested in all forms of devices, such as:
Prefilled Syringes, Syringe and vial combinations, Disposable Pens, Reusable pens, Disposable Auto-Injectors, Reusable Auto-Injectors, and Reconstitution kits
If you ever experienced any of the following, please share your experiences with me through this survey.
â€¢ I was too scared or intimidated by the device to perform the procedure. â€¢ I intentionally delayed starting treatment â€¢ I performed the procedure but with a lot of hesitation and difficulty, and I might have made some mistakes. â€¢ I made a mistake and did not receive my full dose (I lost some or all of the medication). â€¢ I could not figure out how to use the device and returned it to my health care provider or pharmacist. â€¢ I had to call my health care provider or pharmacist for help in order to complete the procedure. â€¢ I asked for additional training from my health care provider or pharmacist. â€¢ I took the drug less often than I was supposed to, or stopped using it because of the difficulty I had in using the device and performing the procedure. â€¢ I asked my doctor to switch to a different device/drug because of the difficulty I had in using the device and performing the procedure.
The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and for every survey completed I will donate $1 to either the Red Cross or The Humane Society (your choice). I hope you can contribute to this effort and help uncover and solve the difficulties experienced by patients when delivering their own drug therapy with a new device.