Stroke participants’ perceptions of robotic and electrical stimulation therapy: a new approach
Hughes, Ann-Marie, Freeman, Christopher, Chappell, Paul, Lewin, Paul, Rogers, Eric, Burridge, Jane, Donovan-Hall, Maggie and Dibb, Bridget (2011) Stroke participants’ perceptions of robotic and electrical stimulation therapy: a new approach. Disability and Rehabilitation: Technology, 6, (2), 130-138. (doi:10.3109/17483107.2010.509882). (PMID:20698789).
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Purpose User perceptions are a critical, yet often ignored factor in the design and development of rehabilitation technologies. In this paper, measures for collection of patient perceptions are developed and applied to a novel upper limb workstation that combines robotic therapy and electrical stimulation. Method Five participants with chronic upper limb hemiplegia post-stroke used a robotic workstation to undertake supported tracking tasks augmented by precisely controlled electrical stimulation to their triceps muscle. Following a six week trial, a purpose designed set of questions was developed and individual interviews were conducted by an independent health psychologist. Results The simple, quick to administer question set showed participants had a positive response to the system, and contributed valuable feedback with regard to its usability and effectiveness. Participants want a home based system targeting their whole arm. Conclusion This paper demonstrates the value in assessing user perceptions of a rehabilitation system via a simple question set. Whilst the results of this study have implications for a wider audience, our recommendations are for a qualitative study to develop a generic evaluation tool which could be used across the growing number of devices to provide feedback to enhance future development of any new technology for rehabilitation.
|Divisions:||Faculty of Physical and Applied Science > Electronics and Computer Science > Comms, Signal Processing & Control
Faculty of Physical and Applied Science > Electronics and Computer Science > EEE
|Date Deposited:||04 Jul 2010 20:17|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2012 09:06|
|Contributors:||Hughes, Ann-Marie (Author)
Freeman, Christopher (Author)
Chappell, Paul (Author)
Lewin, Paul (Author)
Rogers, Eric (Author)
Burridge, Jane (Author)
Donovan-Hall, Maggie (Author)
Dibb, Bridget (Author)
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