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

Georgiou, Theodoros; Holland, Simon; van der Linden, Janet; Tetley, Josie; Stockley, Rachel C.; Donaldson, Glenis; Garbutt, Linda; Pinzone, Ornella; Grasselly, Fanny and Deleaye, Kevin (2015). A blended user centred design study for wearable haptic gait rehabilitation following hemiparetic stroke. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, ICST (Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering), pp. 72–79.

URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2826176

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.

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