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Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology

Stéphanie Gamache, François Routhier, Ernesto Morales, Marie-Hélène Vandersmissen, Normand Boucher
BACKGROUND: Due to the ageing population and higher prevalence of individuals living with physical disabilities, there is a critical need for inclusive practices when designing accessible pedestrian infrastructures for ensuring social participation and equal opportunities. PURPOSE: Summarize the physical characteristics of current pedestrian infrastructure design for individuals with physical disabilities (IPD - motor, visual and hearing) found in the scientific literature and assess its quality...
March 14, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Kerstin Hagberg
PURPOSE: To describe the rehabilitation experience and outcome of treatment with bone-anchored prostheses in individuals with bilateral transfemoral amputations (TFAs) treated in Sweden over a period of 25 years. METHOD: Hospital records were reviewed for all patients with traumatic bilateral TFAs treated until 2015. The use of prostheses, walking aids and wheelchairs was noted. RESULTS: The cohort comprised 12 patients (nine men and three women with a mean age 35 years at treatment) and the median follow-up time was seven years (1-20)...
March 14, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Maryam Maleki, Samaneh Badri, Hamed Shayestehepour, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mohamad Ebrahim Mousavi, Ehsan Abdolahi, Hasan Farkhondeh, John S Head, Navid Golchin, Mohammad Ali Mardani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the performance of an original powered foot clearance creator (PFCC) mechanism worn in conjunction with an isocentric reciprocal gait orthosis (IRGO) and evaluate its effect on trunk compensatory movements and spatiotemporal parameters in nine healthy subjects. METHOD: A PFCC motorized mechanism was designed that incorporated twin sole plates, the movements of which enabled increased toe to floor clearance during swing phase...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Ai-Vi Nguyen, Yau-Lok Austin Ong, Cindy Xin Luo, Thiviya Thuraisingam, Michael Rubino, Mindy F Levin, Franceen Kaizer, Philippe S Archambault
PURPOSE: To identify the facilitators and barriers perceived by clinicians to using an Exergaming Room as adjunct to conventional therapy. DESIGN: Phenomenological qualitative study using an interpretive description methodology. SUBJECTS: Ten clinicians (four physical therapists, six occupational therapists) from the Stroke Program at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital (nine female, one male, age range 25-50 years old) who referred clients to the Exergaming Room...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Macellina Y Ijadunola, Temitope O Ojo, Florence O Akintan, Ayoade O Adeyemo, Ademola S Afolayan, Olakunle G Akanji
PURPOSE: This study assessed awareness and availability of assistive facilities in a Nigerian public university. METHODS: Study was conducted in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife Nigeria using a mixed methods approach. Fifty two students with disability (SWD) were interviewed with a semistructured, self-administered questionnaire. A checklist was used to assess assistive facilities on campus while in-depth interviews (IDI) were conducted with university officials, to assess their perspectives about the availability and use of assistive facilities in the university...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Marika Demers, Daniel Chan Chun Kong, Mindy F Levin
PURPOSE: To determine user satisfaction and safety of incorporating a low-cost virtual rehabilitation intervention as an adjunctive therapeutic option for cognitive-motor upper limb rehabilitation in individuals with sub-acute stroke. METHODS: A low-cost upper limb virtual rehabilitation application incorporating realistic functionally-relevant unimanual and bimanual tasks, specifically designed for cognitive-motor rehabilitation was developed for patients with sub-acute stroke...
March 11, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jenny L Singleton, Elena T Remillard, Tracy L Mitzner, Wendy A Rogers
PURPOSE: Technology holds great potential to support Deaf individuals as they age into older adulthood. However, it is unclear to what extent Deaf seniors are using technology in everyday life or whether they experience challenges in using technology. The current study explored technology use among older Deaf adults with regard to attitudes, adoption style, and frequency of use for a wide range of technologies, including assistive technologies (ATs) for persons with hearing loss and general, everyday technologies...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Su Jin Lee, Ricky Mehta-Desai, Kyunggeune Oh, Jon Sanford, Boris I Prilutsky
PURPOSE: Kinetic characteristics of transfers to and from a toilet performed using bilateral grab bars are not fully quantified to inform grab bar design and configuration. The purpose of this study was to (1) determine effects of bilateral swing-away grab bars on peaks of ankle, knee and hip joint moments during grab bar assisted stand-to-sit and sit-to-stand transfers; and (2) determine effects of three different heights and widths of swing-away grab bars on the same kinetic characteristics...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Masanobu Kusunoki, Takeshi Kohama, Yoshifumi Yamada, Eiji Fujita, Soichi Okada, Akira Maeda, Nobuo Takeshima
PURPOSE: With a growing proportion of elderly people in the population, the maintenance of activities of daily living (ADLs) in elderly people is crucial to keep medical costs down. We investigated the ADL measurement accuracy of KINECTTM and Kinect Studio. To eliminate the subjectivity of conventional methods, we numerically assessed motions with computer analysis. METHODS: Eighteen actions that repeated "move" and "stationary" phases, including movement of arms, legs, head and torso were measured using KINECTTM ...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Heather A Feldner, Samuel W Logan, James C Galloway
AIM: Rehabilitation professionals are increasingly recognizing mobility as a basic human right and endorsing the efficacy of early powered mobility for children with mobility impairments to foster independence, promote socialization with peers and facilitate participation in family and community life. However, the relationship between mobility and technology provision, when considered in the context of lived experiences of children with mobility impairments and their families, is complex and understudied...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Matthew Davidson, Cathy Bodine, Richard F Ff Weir
AIM: Prosthetic devices are not meeting the needs of people with upper limb amputations. Due to controlsidelimitations, prosthetic wrists cannot yet be fully articulated. This study sought to determine which wrist motions users felt were most important for completing activities of daily living. We specifically invstigated whether adding a combinationof flexion and deviation known as the Dart Thrower's Motion to a prosthetic wrist would help improve functionality. METHODS: Fifteen participants with a trans-radial amputation, aged 25-64 years, who use a prosthesis completed an online survey and answered interview questions to determine which types of tasks pose particular challenges...
March 7, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Pei-Lin Weng, Emily C Bouck
PURPOSE: A number line consisting of Arabic numerals is a commonly used instructional tool for teaching price comparison. However, typical number lines lack concrete visual cues, which may benefit students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have not yet mastered the representation of Arabic numerals. METHOD: This study investigated the effects of additional visual cues (i.e., dots) by comparing two types of app-based number line conditions: number lines with and without dots...
February 1, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Paula W Rushton, Emma M Smith, William C Miller, R Lee Kirby, Geneviève Daoust
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the internal consistency, test-retest reliability and responsiveness of the Self-Efficacy in Assessing, Training and Spotting manual wheelchair skills (SEATS-M) and Self-Efficacy in Assessing, Training and Spotting power wheelchair skills (SEATS-P). METHODS: A 2-week test-retest design was used with a convenience sample of occupational and physical therapists who worked at a provincial rehabilitation centre (inpatient and outpatient services)...
January 31, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Maude Beaudoin, Josiane Lettre, François Routhier, Philippe S Archambault, Martin Lemay, Isabelle Gélinas
PURPOSE: Past research with JACO has principally focused on the short-term impacts on new users. Therefore, this study aims to document the long-term impacts of this assistive device on users and their family caregivers following prolonged use. METHODS: Users' characteristics, caregivers' characteristics and expenses related to JACO were documented with questionnaires designed for this study. Upper extremity performance was measured with an adaptation of an upper extremity performance test, the TEMPA, and accomplishment of life habits was documented in an interview based on the LIFE-H questionnaire...
January 31, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Kijong Kim, Bongsam Choi, Wootaek Lim
PURPOSE: Virtual reality (VR) training, a virtual environment commonly generated by computer systems, may enhance the therapeutic efficacy of functional rehabilitation programmes. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a VR assisted intervention (VRAI) versus traditional rehabilitation intervention (TRI) on functional ankle instability (FAI). METHODS: A single-blind randomized controlled study was conducted with 10 subjects for each group. The VRAI was conducted with the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus, whilst the TRI was conducted with a series of exercises with theraband...
January 31, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jonathan S Brumberg, Anh Nguyen, Kevin M Pitt, Sean D Lorenz
PURPOSE: We investigated how overt visual attention and oculomotor control influence successful use of a visual feedback brain-computer interface (BCI) for accessing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices in a heterogeneous population of individuals with profound neuromotor impairments. BCIs are often tested within a single patient population limiting generalization of results. This study focuses on examining individual sensory abilities with an eye toward possible interface adaptations to improve device performance...
January 31, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Fan Yang, Gianni Renda
PURPOSE: The telehealthcare sector has been expanding steadily in the UK. However, confusing, complex and unwieldy designs of telehealthcare devices are at best, less effective than they could be, at worst, they are potentially dangerous to the users. METHOD: This study investigated the factors within the new product development process that hindered satisfactory product design outcomes, through working collaboratively with a leading provider based in the UK. RESULTS: This study identified that there are too many costly late-stage design changes; a critical and persistent problem area ripe for improvement...
January 23, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jessica Brown, Madeline Wollersheim
PURPOSE: College students with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) may experience chronic cognitive deficits necessitating use of external supports for daily task completion. The purpose of this study was to explore cognitive support system selection and use by students with histories of mTBI when completing novel prospective memory tasks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We implemented a multiple case study, sequential explanatory mixed-methods design with three participants...
January 19, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
André T Sugawara, Vinícius D Ramos, Fábio M Alfieri, Linamara R Battistella
PURPOSE: To investigate the levels and factors that influence the abandonment of assistive products by users of a local reference rehabilitation center. METHODS: This observational study involved users who received services and assistive products provided by our center of rehabilitation. Users were identified using the records of the center and their responses about the abandonment were collected through face-to-face interviews. RESULTS: The abandonment level of assistive products was 19...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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