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Motivational strategies to improve self management rehabilitation

Wittrock, S. (2019) Motivational strategies to improve self management rehabilitation.

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Abstract:The most common injury among elderly people is a hip fracture. The Dutch population is aging, which relates to the rising amount of hip fracture injuries. The patients need rehabilitation after surgery. In the current situation, patients receive 30 minute sessions of physiotherapy a day. There is not enough labor capacity to increase the amount of therapy sessions, thus the focus shifted towards self-management rehabilitation. This paper researches how to design a system that is able to bring older adults into action by themselves. The prototype is tracks the activity level of a patient by using a sensor mat in the chair. The more active the patient is, the more a flower starts to bloom. If the patient is inactive for too long, the flower will shrink until exercises are executed. The patient can receive assistance via speech recognition. The tests showed that participants are motivated because of the speech interaction with the system. Besides that, the participants understood the exercises and when they had to do the exercises. The system shows potential and further tests with the potential end users should point out if they accept such a system.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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