Published on February 17, 2019 by

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To get people to talk about long-term conditions


This is a way of sharing people’s experiences of living with long term conditions or working out what issues are important to people


30 Minutes


Large sheets of paper (cheap wallpaper works well), coloured post-it notes, pens


In Small Groups

Image courtesy of UCHD


Using anonymous “bodymaps” makes it safer and easier for people to contribute. On large sheets of paper draw outlines of a person (around a volunteer, if the paper is big enough) and stick these to the wall, table or floor. Participants then explain what bothers them about living with a condition to the facilitator, who then summarises their concerns on post-it notes and sticks them onto the body outlines in the relevant place (or next to a new heading). In this way, you build up a “map” of what is important to everyone. You can have different bodymaps for different age groups.


  • DO explain briefly what the aim is of the Bodymapping activity
  • DO note down what people say as a record for later
  • DON’T just focus on a few topics, say “great”, we’ve recorded that, what else is important”?
  • DO group similar post-it notes together


Frankel, L. (2011) A Co-design exploration: designing sensor-enabled exercise wear for aging, in Proceeding IASDR 2011, Ed. N.F.M. Roozenburg, L.L.Chen and P.J. Stappers, Delft, Nederland

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