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Designing Smart Daily Training Objects for Hand and Arm Rehabilitation after Stroke

Hover, Q. R. M. (2022) Designing Smart Daily Training Objects for Hand and Arm Rehabilitation after Stroke.

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Abstract:Stroke is common medical condition that can cause hand and arm impairments which hinder activities of daily living (ADLs). Home rehabilitation plays an integral part in stroke care but is faced with a key issue. It is characterised by low adherence which reduces treatment efficacy. Therefore, this study explores a novel rehabilitation strategy, ADL-based training, which transforms daily activities into rehabilitation activities. By making use of training opportunities already present in patients’ lives, this can reduce the time, motivation, and barriers associated with training and improve training adherence and outcomes. Through the design of two interactive ADL-based training objects for drinking, this study illustrates the potential of using ADLs directly as training interventions. Additionally, this study lays the foundations for developing ADL-based training objects by presenting design guidelines. Results of a user evaluation with three stroke patients indicate that this can offer a viable rehabilitation strategy and has various benefits, such as integration into routines, increased motivation, and functional skill training. As patients simply have to perform their regular activities to complete sufficient training, ADL-based training could bring about a paradigm shift in home rehabilitation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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