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Development of a smart wearable : to monitor the physical activity of elderly hip fracture patients during their rehabilitation

Vliet, T.B. van (2019) Development of a smart wearable : to monitor the physical activity of elderly hip fracture patients during their rehabilitation.

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Abstract:The rehabilitation of elderly hip fracture patients can be a slow and demanding process. The goal of rehabilitation is for the elderly patients to functionally recover and return to their previous living situation. Ziekenhuisgroep Twente and the University of Twente are researching ways to get more insight into the rehabilitation process of elderly hip fracture patients. The implementation of a smart wearable could prove to be successful in remotely monitoring the rehabilitation process of elderly patients recovering from hip fractures. This paper aims to find an answer to the following research question: “How can a smart wearable be designed to monitor the rehabilitation of elderly hip fracture patients?”. The Creative Technology Design Process is used to answer this question and realize a functioning prototype. The activity of the legs of the patients is measured to monitor their rehabilitation process. The user experience of the elderly hip fracture patients and their physical therapists is central in designing a smart wearable to monitor the rehabilitation of the patients. Their goals, needs and motivations yield a set of product requirements that a design solution needs to meet. The patients require physical and emotional comfort, while the therapists require ease of use and access to reliable data. The prototype design solution has been evaluated on end-users and proved to be successful in meeting the product requirements and in monitoring the rehabilitation of the elderly hip fracture patients.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Ziekenhuisgroep Twente
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology, 54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78688
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