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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164718/measurement-properties-of-the-wheelchair-skills-test-for-scooters-among-experienced-users
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W Ben Mortenson, Laura Hurd Clarke, Charlie H Goldsmith, Sharon Jang, R Lee Kirby
PURPOSE: To investigate the score distribution, reliability, and validity of the objective Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) for scooter users. METHOD: A study using a test-retest design was conducted with 20 people who had mobility limitations that prevented them from ambulating more than one city block without a mobility aid, and who had owned a scooter for ≥3 months. Objective scooter skills, confidence, and physical accessibility were measured at both time points, while anxiety, depression, visual attention and task switching, functional independence, and visual acuity were measured only at baseline...
February 5, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152642/3d-printed-upper-limb-prostheses-a-review
#2
Jelle Ten Kate, Gerwin Smit, Paul Breedveld
GOAL: This paper aims to provide an overview with quantitative information of existing 3D-printed upper limb prostheses. We will identify the benefits and drawbacks of 3D-printed devices to enable improvement of current devices based on the demands of prostheses users. METHODS: A review was performed using Scopus, Web of Science and websites related to 3D-printing. Quantitative information on the mechanical and kinematic specifications and 3D-printing technology used was extracted from the papers and websites...
February 2, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129705/development-of-a-wheelchair-maintenance-training-programme-and-questionnaire-for-clinicians-and-wheelchair-users
#3
Maria Luisa Toro, Emily Bird, Michelle Oyster, Lynn Worobey, Michael Lain, Samuel Bucior, Rory A Cooper, Jonathan Pearlman
: Purpose of state: The aims of this study were to develop a Wheelchair Maintenance Training Programme (WMTP) as a tool for clinicians to teach wheelchair users (and caregivers when applicable) in a group setting to perform basic maintenance at home in the USA and to develop a Wheelchair Maintenance Training Questionnaire (WMT-Q) to evaluate wheelchair maintenance knowledge in clinicians, manual and power wheelchair users. METHODS: The WMTP and WMT-Q were developed through an iterative process...
January 27, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125300/the-impact-of-robot-mediated-adaptive-i-travle-training-on-impaired-upper-limb-function-in-chronic-stroke-and-multiple-sclerosis
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Anneleen Maris, Karin Coninx, Henk Seelen, Veronik Truyens, Tom De Weyer, Richard Geers, Mieke Lemmens, Jolijn Coolen, Sandra Stupar, Ilse Lamers, Peter Feys
PURPOSE: The current study aimed to investigate proof-of-concept efficacy of an individualized, robot-mediated training regime for people with MS (pwMS) and stroke patients. METHOD: Thirteen pwMS and 14 chronic stroke patients performed 36 (stroke) or 40 (pwMS) training sessions with the I-TRAVLE system. Evaluation of upper limb function was performed at baseline, after training and at 3 months follow-up. Clinical outcome measures consisted of active range of motion (ROM), Motricity Index, Jamar handgrip strength, perceived fatigue and strength, Wolf Motor Function Test (WFMT) and ABILHAND...
January 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125299/development-and-content-validation-of-the-power-mobility-training-tool
#5
Lisa K Kenyon, John P Farris, Brett Cain, Emily King, Ashley VandenBerg
PURPOSE: This paper outlines the development and content validation of the power mobility training tool (PMTT), an observational tool designed to assist therapists in developing power mobility training programs for children who have multiple, severe impairments. METHODS: Initial items on the PMTT were developed based on a literature review and in consultation with therapists experienced in the use of power mobility. Items were trialled in clinical settings, reviewed, and refined...
January 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125298/a-systematic-review-of-study-results-reported-for-the-evaluation-of-robotic-rollators-from-the-perspective-of-users
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Christian Werner, Phoebe Ullrich, Milad Geravand, Angelika Peer, Jürgen M Bauer, Klaus Hauer
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness and perception of robotic rollators (RRs) from the perspective of users. METHODS: Studies identified in a previous systematic review published on 2016 on the methodology of studies evaluating RRs by the user perspective were re-screened for eligibility based on the following inclusion criteria: evaluation of the human-robot interaction from the user perspective, use of standardized outcome measurements, and quantitative presentation of study results...
January 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125297/a-survey-of-assistive-technology-service-providers-in-the-usa
#7
Sajay Arthanat, Linda-Jeanne Elsaesser, Stephen Bauer
This study investigates perspectives of assistive technology service (ATS) providers regarding their education and training, interdisciplinary standards of practice, use of a common language framework, funding policies, utilization of evidence and outcomes measurement. A survey underpinned by AT legislations and established guidelines for practice was completed by 318 certified AT providers. More than 30% of the providers reported their education and training as inadequate to fulfil four of the seven primary roles of ATS...
January 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125296/an-adapted-walking-intervention-for-a-child-with-pitt-hopkins-syndrome
#8
Amanda Faith Casey, Vanessa Pickard, Claire Ullrich, Zachary MacNeil
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of a community-based adapted walking intervention on a child with Pitt Hopkins syndrome (PTHS). METHODS: A four-year old boy with PTHS participated in a 12-week intervention comprising five one-hour long walking sessions per week at a local daycare. Walking sessions used the Upsee mobility device (Firefly by Leckey Ltd., Ireland). Outcome measures included Goal Attainment Scaling and the Mobility Ability Participation Assessment...
January 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102100/a-systematic-review-the-influence-of-real-time-feedback-on-wheelchair-propulsion-biomechanics
#9
Andrew Symonds, Giulia Barbareschi, Stephen Taylor, Catherine Holloway
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines recommend that, in order to minimize upper limb injury risk, wheelchair users adopt a semi-circular pattern with a slow cadence and a large push arc. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether real time feedback can be used to influence manual wheelchair propulsion biomechanics. REVIEW METHODS: Clinical trials and case series comparing the use of real time feedback against no feedback were included. A general review was performed and methodological quality assessed by two independent practitioners using the Downs and Black checklist...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102090/upper-extremity-movement-reliability-and-validity-of-the-kinect-version-2
#10
Lydia R Reither, Matthew H Foreman, Nicole Migotsky, Chase Haddix, Jack R Engsberg
PURPOSE: Studies have shown that marker-less motion detection systems, such as the first generation Kinect (Kinect 1), have good reliability and potential for clinical application. Studies of the second generation Kinect (Kinect 2) have shown a large range of accuracy relative to balance and joint localization; however, few studies have investigated the validity and reliability of the Kinect 2 for upper extremity motion. This investigation compared reliability and validity among the Kinect 1, Kinect 2 and a video motion capture (VMC) system for upper extremity movements...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100095/shoulder-kinetics-during-start-up-and-propulsion-with-a-manual-wheelchair-within-the-initial-phase-of-uninstructed-training
#11
Samuel Hybois, Alice Siegel, Joseph Bascou, Nicolas Eydieux, Philippe Vaslin, Hélène Pillet, Pascale Fodé, Christophe Sauret
PURPOSE: Wheelchair locomotion is constraining for the upper limbs and involves a set of motor tasks that need to be learnt by a novice user. To understand this integration process, we investigated the evolution of shoulder kinetics during start-up and propulsion within the initial phase of low-intensity uninstructed training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen novice able-bodied subjects performed a 120-min uninstructed practice distributed over 4 weeks. During the initial and final sessions, upper limbs kinematics and hand-rim kinetics were continuously collected...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100094/preliminary-reliability-and-internal-consistency-of-the-wheelchair-components-questionnaire-for-condition
#12
Karen Rispin, Melanie Dittmer, Jessica McLean, Joy Wee
Wheelchair durability and maintenance condition are key factors of wheelchair function. Durability studies done with double drum and drop testers, although valuable, do not perfectly imitate conditions of use. Durability may be harvested from clinical records; however, these may be inconsistent because protocols for recording information differ from place to place. Wheelchair professionals with several years of experience often develop a good eye for wheelchair maintenance condition. The Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition (WCQc) was developed as a professional report questionnaire to provide data specifically on the maintenance condition of a wheelchair...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100089/assistive-technology-outcomes-in-post-secondary-students-with-disabilities-the-influence-of-diagnosis-gender-and-class-level
#13
Matt P Malcolm, Marla C Roll
This study investigated how outcomes of assistive technology (AT) services for college students with disabilities are influenced by diagnosis, gender and class-level (e.g., Freshman). Students' pre- and post-intervention ratings of their performance and satisfaction of common academic tasks (using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, COPM) were analyzed, as well as students' responses on a survey about AT service provision, use, and preferences. Data from 455 students revealed "learning disability" to be the most prevalent diagnosis (38%), similar numbers of females and males served, and Freshmen (23...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100087/a-uhf-rfid-positioning-system-for-use-in-warehouse-navigation-by-employees-with-cognitive-disability
#14
Eric J M Gunther, Levin J Sliker, Cathy Bodine
Unemployment among the almost 5 million working-age adults with cognitive disabilities in the USA is a costly problem in both tax dollars and quality of life. Job coaching is an effective tool to overcome this, but the cost of job coaching services sums with every new employee or change of employment roles. There is a need for a cost-effective, automated alternative to job coaching that incurs a one-time cost and can be reused for multiple employees or roles. An effective automated job coach must be aware of its location and the location of destinations within the job site...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100086/tracking-down-a-solution-exploring-the-acceptability-and-value-of-wearable-gps-devices-for-older-persons-individuals-with-a-disability-and-their-support-persons
#15
Brittany Williamson, Tammy Aplin, Desleigh de Jonge, Matthew Goyne
PURPOSE: To explore the acceptability and value of three wearable GPS devices for older persons and individuals with a disability and safety concerns when accessing the community. METHODS: This pilot study explored six wearers' and their support persons' experience of using three different wearable GPS devices (a pendant, watch, and mini GPS phone), each for a two-week period. RESULTS: Participants identified safety as the main value of using a wearable GPS device...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098513/attrition-and-retention-in-upper-limb-prosthetics-research-experience-of-the-va-home-study-of-the-deka-arm
#16
Linda Resnik, Shana Klinger
PURPOSE: (1) Describe study attrition; (2) identify reasons for attrition, and (3) discuss implications for prosthetic prescription and design of future device studies. Design and methodological procedures used: Completion phase (during in-laboratory training, after training, or home use) was identified for 42 participants. Qualitative data were analyzed to identify attrition reasons. Reasons were classified as related to the DEKA arm, or not. RESULTS: Study attrition was 57%, with 43% completing the full study...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098503/relationship-between-perceived-competence-and-performance-during-real-and-virtual-motor-tasks-by-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder
#17
Batya Engel-Yeger, Rotem Sido, Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, Patrice L Weiss
PURPOSE: (i) To compare children with DCD and typically developing participants via standard motor assessments, two interactive virtual games, measures of physical, social and cognitive self-competence and feedback while playing the virtual games and (ii) To examine the contribution of age and each motor assessment to predict self-competence. METHODS: Participants were 25 boys with DCD and 25 typically developing boys, aged 5-9 years. They completed the M-ABC-2, the Pictorial Scale of Perceived Competence, the 6-Minute Walk Test, and then played the two Kinect games and completed the Short Feedback Questionnaire for Children...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068847/case-study-survey-of-patient-satisfaction-with-prosthesis-quality-and-design-among-below-knee-prosthetic-leg-socket-users
#18
Nurhanisah Mohd Hawari, Mohammad Jawaid, Paridah Md Tahir, Raja Ahmad Azmeer
The aim of this case study was to explore patient satisfaction with the quality of prosthetic leg sockets intended for persons with lower limb amputations. A qualitative study based on in-depth interviews, preceded by a questionnaire session, was carried out with patients from the Rehabilitation Center and Hospital in Malaysia. Twelve out-patient and in-patient amputees with lower limb amputations, specifically below-knee amputations, were chosen randomly. The analysis of patients' narratives aimed to identify the functional and esthetic characteristics of currently used prosthetic leg sockets and any problems related to them...
January 10, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035841/rehabilitation-robotics-for-the-upper-extremity-review-with-new-directions-for-orthopaedic-disorders
#19
Renée M Hakim, Brandon G Tunis, Michael D Ross
The focus of research using technological innovations such as robotic devices has been on interventions to improve upper extremity function in neurologic populations, particularly patients with stroke. There is a growing body of evidence describing rehabilitation programs using various types of supportive/assistive and/or resistive robotic and virtual reality-enhanced devices to improve outcomes for patients with neurologic disorders. The most promising approaches are task-oriented, based on current concepts of motor control/learning and practice-induced neuroplasticity...
December 30, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034325/skill-training-preferences-and-technology-use-in-persons-with-neck-and-low-back-pain
#20
Jonas Verbrugghe, Mieke Haesen, Ruth Spierings, Kim Willems, Guido Claes, Enzo Olivieri, Karin Coninx, Annick Timmermans
BACKGROUND: Neck pain (NP) and low back pain (LBP) are highly prevalent. Exercise therapy helps, but effect sizes and therapy compliance remain low. Client-centred therapy and technology use may play a role to improve therapy outcomes. To offer technology supported rehabilitation matching patient's goals, training preferences for rehabilitation and technology familiarity need to be known. PURPOSE: This study aims to (1) inventory training preferences and motives, (2) evaluate whether these change during rehabilitation, and (3) evaluate familiarity with using technologies, in persons with NP/LBP...
December 30, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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