Design for Behaviour Change









A Design Approach for Risk Communication, the Case of Type 2 Diabetes 

Farzaneh Eftekhari, Tsai Lu Liu 

North Carolina State University (2)

Keywords: Risk Communication, Design for Behaviour Change, Human-Object Interaction, Mental Model


Type 2 diabetes continues to grow significantly around the world as a result of nutrition transition and obesity. Prevention methods depends on how well individuals at risk adapt to a healthy nutritional lifestyle and increase their physical exercise. It is an emergent situation for diabetes risk communication and education programs specifically in vulnerable societies. This study leverages an interactive platform for diabetes risk communication using human-object interaction. The approach is based on an ‘object-based learning’ method for communicating risk. The designed object has elements to motivate and support the community toward an increase in physical activity and a healthy diet. Furthermore, this research looks at risk perceptions and stakeholder engagement of lay people from vulnerable communities. Understanding risk perception and misconception is important to provide diabetes educational services in accordance to local demands. 

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Cite this paper: Eftekhari, F., Liu, T.L. (2016). A Design Approach for Risk Communication, the Case of Type 2 Diabetes. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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