A blended user centred design study for wearable haptic gait rehabilitation following hemiparetic stroke

Theodoros Georgiou, Simon Holland, Janet van der Linden, Josie Tetley, Rachel C. Stockley, Glenis Donaldson, Linda Garbutt, Ornella Pinzone, Fanny Grasselly, Kevin Deleaye

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Abstract

Restoring mobility and rehabilitation of gait are high priorities for post-stroke rehabilitation. Cueing using metronomic rhythmic sensory stimulation has been shown to improve gait, but most versions of this approach have used auditory and visual cues. In contrast, we developed a prototype wearable system for rhythmic cueing based on haptics, which was shown to be highly effective in an early pilot study. In this paper we describe a follow-up study with four stroke survivors to inform design, and to identify issues and requirements for such devices to be used in home-based or out-door settings. To this end, we present a blended user-centred design study of a wearable haptic gait rehabilitation system. This study draws on the combined views of physiotherapists, nurses, interaction designers and stroke survivors. Many of the findings were unanticipated, identifying issues outside the scope of initial designs, with important implications for future design and appropriate use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2015
PublisherIEEE
Pages72-79
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781631900457
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2015
Event9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 20 May 201523 May 2015

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2015
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2015
Country/TerritoryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period20/05/1523/05/15

Keywords

  • blended user centred design
  • entrainment
  • gait rehabilitation
  • haptic bracelets
  • haptic metronome
  • hemiparetic
  • stroke
  • tactile metronome
  • walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications

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