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The feasibility of the Rollator Feedback system

Hendrickx, Sanne (2022) The feasibility of the Rollator Feedback system.

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Abstract:Background: Hip fractures in the elderly are common and have a major impact on both patients and the healthcare system in general. Low physical activity levels during rehabilitation can have detrimental impact on the patient's rehabilitation since lack of physical activity leads to a delay in functional recovery and discharge. Therefore, the Rollator Feedback system is developed to motivate patients to be more physically active during rehabilitation. Aim: The first part was a study to explore the preliminary effects of the Rollator Feedback system on the upright time of elderly patients (aged 70+) recovering from a hip fracture surgery. The second part was a study to detect how the Rollator Feedback system should be implemented in the standard care of elderly patients (aged 70+) according to patients, physiotherapists, and nurses. Methods: This study is a mixed-method feasibility study. Five patients who were rehabilitating from a hip fracture surgery were included to walk with the Rollator Feedback system and were compared to five patients who did not walk with the system. Besides, nine semi-structured interviews were conducted to detect how the Rollator Feedback system can be implemented. Results: The Univariate Type III Repeated-Measures ANOVA showed no significant effect of being in the Rollator Feedback group or in the no intervention group. For implementation, the technicality of the system should be improved to increase the ease of use for the healthcare professionals. The system should be introduced with a clinical lesson for healthcare professionals and should consist of an instruction guide. It is also important for patients to incorporate the system into their daily routines and to consider their physical limitations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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