Requirements for a home-based rehabilitation device for hand and wrist therapy after stroke

Requirements for a home-based rehabilitation device for hand and wrist therapy after stroke

Title: Requirements for a home-based rehabilitation device for hand and wrist therapy after stroke
Authors: Vignesh Velmurugan (School of Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire); Luke Wood (School of Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire); Farshid Amirabdollahian (School of Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire);
Year: 2021
Citation: Velmurugan, V., Wood, L., Amirabdollahian, F., (2021). Requirements for a home-based rehabilitation device for hand and wrist therapy after stroke. UKRAS21 Conference: “Robotics at home” Proceedings, 23-24. doi: 10.31256/Xw5Aj7Q

Abstract:

Recovering hand function to perform activities of
daily living (ADL), is a significant step for stroke survivors
experiencing paresis in their upper limb. A home-based, robot
mediated training approach for the hand allows the patient to
continue their training independently after discharge to maximise
recovery at the patient’s pace. Developing such a hand/wrist
training device that is comfortable to wear and easy to use is the
objective of this work. Using a user-centred design approach, the
first iteration of the design is based on the requirements derived
from the users and therapists, leading to a first prototype. The
prototype is then compared and evaluated against the required
features. This paper highlights the methodology used in the
process of validating the design against our initial brief.

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