Application of Human Modelling in Health Care Industry

Lars Hanson, Dan Hogberg, Daniel Lundstrom, Maria Warell

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Digital human modelling (DHM) is commonly utilised for vehicle and workplace design in the automotive industry. More rarely are the tools applied in the health care industry, albeit having similar objectives for cost-efficiency and User-centred design processes. The paper illustrates how a DHM tool is modified and utilised to evaluate a bathing system design from caretakers' and caregivers' ergonomics point of view. Anthropometry, joint range of motion, description and appearance of the manikin was customised to meet the requirements in a health care setting. Furthermore, a preferred bathing posture was defined. A suggested DHM working process scenario illustrates that DHM tools can be customised, applied and useful in health care product design. Except technical customisations of the DHM tool, the development of a working process and work organisation around the tool is proposed for an effective and efficient use of digital human modelling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (Digital Human Modeling)
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-02808-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2nd International Conference on Digital Human Modeling held at the HCI International 2009 - San Diego, CA
Duration: 2009 Jul 192009 Jul 24

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1611-3349
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743


Conference2nd International Conference on Digital Human Modeling held at the HCI International 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics


  • Ergonomics
  • Digital Human Modelling
  • Elderly
  • Health Care
  • Human Factors


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