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Co-designing digital health interventions with patients, carers, the public and practitioners: evidence syntheses and online toolkit

Technology like apps for phones and trackers can help people stay healthy. When making this technology, it can help to include the people who use it like patients, carers, the public, and healthcare workers to figure out how to make it easy for them to use. There are lots of ways to do this like asking people to draw pictures, talk about their life, and watch them use technology. Doing this can make technology easier to use to improve people’s health. But some people might have good experiences, while others might have problems when helping to make health technologies.

For the COLLATE project, we will read and understand all kinds of scientific studies where health technologies were made with different groups of people. This will help us learn about the many ways to create health technologies with patients, carers, the public, and healthcare workers and what they think and feel about helping to make health technology. Then, we will talk to different groups of people to create a new website to show everyone the best ways to create health technology with many kinds of people. This will make health technology that is easy to use and better for everyone’s health.


The COLLATE project aims to synthesise evidence on co-designing digital health interventions with patients, carers, the public, and healthcare practitioners. This will be used to co-create an online toolkit (website) that showcases these co-design methods, tools, and theories, along with an implementation framework detailing how to plan, deliver, and evaluate the co-design of digital health interventions. This will improve the process leading to better quality digital health tools that improve patient and public health.

Project status: Starting

Principal Investigator


Funding Body: National Institute for Health Research

Amount: £187,269

Period: March 2024 - May 2025