“Chemo To Go, Please!”


Four codesign students improve the experience of home chemotherapy treatment for leukemia patients in collaboration with Odense University Hospital and Rigshospitalet. Both hospitals were so pleased with the results that they have chosen to continue the collaboration. Read more, see their video here …

Home chemotherapy is a new form of treatment that allows patients to take their chemo “to go”, instead of staying at the hospital – an environment known as a breeding ground for infection. When patients stay home, they are more active. They exercise more, see friends and family, catch fewer infections, eat more and sleep better – All of which leads to a quicker recovery. The treatment consists of an IV bag attached to an infusion pump, which is housed in a wearable “chemo bag” that the patient takes home. The original chemo bag couldn’t be washed or reused, was an eyesore and didn’t meet the hospital’s needs for hygiene and safety.

Upon entering the project, we used codesign tools and methods such as ethnographic interviews, workshops, design games, sketching and generative prototyping in an effort to unpack the problems surrounding home treatment. Throughout this process we gained insights from the project’s stakeholders, thereby enabling a comprehensive understanding of the problem from both the patient’s and the hospital’s side.

These findings informed our re-design of the chemo bag along with a collection of insights and inspiration for the future implementation of home treatment, a treatment form which is soon to be employed in hospitals throughout Denmark.

The design of the bag is based on different criteria and features that were found throughout our research. It’s a combination of thoughts and ideas from nurses, doctors, seamstresses and, of course, wonderful patients.

See the video that presents the project, and follow the next steps here:


The project is conducted by two second year students at the MA-program in Codesign:

Isabel Aagaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rie Grue, Copenhagen, Denmark

And two first year students at the same program

Melanie Povlitzki, Minneapolis, USA

Xénia Geller, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding since May 2019. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.
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