2018 Volume 138 Issue 2 Pages 221-228
In this study, we prepared 4 assistive devices (A-D) for Miriopen® to improve the “ease of holding” and “ease of pushing” and compared their usability with that of a device provided by the pharmaceutical company (S). Fifty-five healthy volunteers in their 20s performed the self-injection maneuver using all 5 assistive devices and ranked them regarding 3 items, i.e., the “ease of holding”, “ease of pushing”, and “overall ease of administration”. In all evaluation items, C was ranked first by the largest number of subjects, and the ranking by the subjects was shown by Kendall's coefficient of concordance to be consistent. In addition, comparison of the distance scale calculated from the ordinal scale showed significantly higher ranks of C and D compared with A, B, and S in all evaluation items. No significant difference was noted between C and D. Since C and D had shapes with concavities and convexities that fit the index, middle, and ring fingers (2nd-4th fingers), the fingers are considered to be better stabilized during the injection maneuver with consequent high ratings. Moreover, the 4 assistive devices prepared in this study were rated to be equal to or higher than S.