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PackagingSustainable BehavioursSustainable Healthcare


Sustainability in the treatment of chronic diseases


The research project addresses the environmental impacts of chronic haemodialysis treatments to assess the economic, environmental and social potential of a sustainable design of treatment products and systems.


The project analysed packaging, machinery and treatment systems in three different European dialysis centres, identifying qualitative and quantitative sustainability issues and defining specific sets of guidelines for dialysis treatment design.

General Info

Institutional research project, international
Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare (Sweden), Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Biologiche, Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy), Ospedale Universitario San Luigi Gonzaga (Italy), Skåne University Ospital (Sweden), Frederiksberg Hospital
Scientific supervisor:
Amina Pereno
Project team:
Silvia Barbero, Silvia Lonoce, Agnese Pallaro, Paolo Tamborrini, Imanol Urizar



Part of the research was conducted as part of the PhD 'Systemic Design for Sustainable Healthcare. Designing for the treatment of chronic diseases' (Pereno, 2017).


Pereno, A. (2018). Systemic design towards user-centered sustainability in medical treatments. In: 6th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD6), Oslo, Norway: AHO.

Barbero, S., Pereno, A., & Tamborrini, P. (2017). Systemic innovation in sustainable design of medical devices. In: 12th European Academy of Design Conference - Design for Next, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Pereno, A., Nazha, M., Tamborrini, P. (2015). Packaging design in the healthcare field: eco-guidelines for sustainable packaging and disposables in dialysis treatments. In: 3rd European Conference on Design4Health, Sheffield, UK.

Piccoli, G.B., Nazha, M., Ferraresi, M., Vigotti, F.N., Pereno, A., & Barbero, S. (2015) Eco-dialysis: the financial and ecological costs of dialysis waste products: is a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ model feasible for planet-friendly haemodialysis waste management? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 30 (6), 1018-1027.

Ferraresi, M., et al. (2014). Ecodialysis: first strategies to limit damages and reduce costs. Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia, 31(5).

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