Development of a robotic device for upper limb stroke rehabilitation: A user-centered design approach

TitleDevelopment of a robotic device for upper limb stroke rehabilitation: A user-centered design approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLu, E. C., R. Wang, R. Huq, D. Gardner, P. Karam, K. Zabjek, D. Hebert, J. Boger, and A. Mihailidis
JournalPALADYN Journal of Behavioral Robotics
Volume2
Start Page176
Issue4
Date Published01/2012
Keywordsrehabilitation, robots, stroke, therapeutic, upper limb, user-centered design
Abstract

Stroke is one of the major causes of permanent adult disability. Stroke frequently aɼects motor control of the arm, leading to diɺculties in doing activities of daily living. This research focuses on developing an upper limb rehabilitation robotic prototype through user-centered design to aid stroke survivors in rehabilitating their arm. To gather requirements from end users, stroke therapy sessions were observed and a survey of stroke therapists was conducted. End user requirements were evaluated to determine technical targets for the mechanical design of the prototype. Evaluation of the prototype was done with stroke therapists in a focus group and a preliminary biomechanical study. As user-centered design would require more iterations of design, testing and evaluation, this project reports a first step in developing an aɼordable, portable device, which could increase access to stroke rehabilitation for the arm.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.2478/s13230-012-0009-0
DOI10.2478/s13230-012-0009-0