Content Analysis of Specialist Interviews During the Design of Cervical Collar Devices for Elderly Patients with Central Cord Syndrome

  • Wan-Ting Tsai
  • Kevin C. TsengEmail author
  • Po-Hsin Huang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9739)


This study aimed to analyze the design of cervical collar devices for elderly patients with central cord syndrome during physical therapy-based rehabilitation and to summarize related patient needs. To design a cervical collar device that met patient needs, a physician and patients who had worn a cervical collar for more than three months were both interviewed to collect opinions from a professional perspective and from user experience. A qualitative analysis of the content of the interview was then conducted to characterize an optimal cervical collar device for elderly patients with central cord syndrome during rehabilitation. The analytical results showed that cervical collar device development should focus on comfort and fixity.


Central cord syndrome Cervical collar Content analysis Participative design Rehabilitation 



This work was supported in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, ROC under Contract MOST 103-2628-H-182-001-MY2, and by the Healthy Aging Research Centre, Chang Gung University (fund no. EMRPD1F0301, CMRPD1B0331, and CMRPD1B0332). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wan-Ting Tsai
    • 1
  • Kevin C. Tseng
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Po-Hsin Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Product Design and Development Laboratory, Department of Industrial DesignCollege of Management, Chang Gung UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Healthy Aging Research CentreChang Gung UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan, ROC

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