Time to exercise! An aide-memoire stroke app for post-stroke arm rehabilitation

Nicholas Micallef, Lynne Baillie, Stephen Uzor

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Abstract

A majority of Stroke survivors have an arm impairment (up to 80%), which persists over the long term (> 12 months). Physiotherapy experts believe that a rehabilitation Aide-Memoire could help these patients [25]. Hence, we designed, with the input of physiotherapists, Stroke experts and former Stroke patients, the Aide-Memoire Stroke (AIMS) App to help them remember to exercise more frequently. We evaluated its use in a controlled field evaluation on a smartphone, tablet and smartwatch. Since one of the main features of the app is to remind Stroke survivors to exercise we also investigated reminder modalities (i.e., visual, vibrate, audio, speech). One key finding is that Stroke survivors opted for a combination of modalities to remind them to conduct their exercises. Also, Stroke survivors seem to prefer smartphones compared to other mobile devices due to their ease of use, usability, familiarity and being easier to handle with one arm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages112-123
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344081
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2016
Event18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 6 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period6/09/169/09/16

Keywords

  • Exercise app
  • Mobile devices
  • Reminder modalities
  • Stroke
  • User design
  • User studies
  • Wearables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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