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Us'em: The user-centered design of a device for motivating stroke patients to use their impaired arm-hand in daily life activities

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5 Author(s)
Markopoulos, P. ; Dept. of Ind. Design, Eindhoven Univ. of Technol., Eindhoven, Netherlands ; Timmermans, A.A.A. ; Beursgens, L. ; van Donselaar, R.
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Stroke leaves the majority of its survivors with an impairment of the upper extremity that affects their ability to live independently and their quality of life. Rehabilitation research shows that practice of everyday life activities in a natural context may sustain or even improve arm-hand performance, even during chronic stages after stroke. Based on this insight we designed, developed and evaluated Us'em; this consists of two watch-like accelerometry devices that provide feedback to stroke patients regarding the usage of their impaired versus their non-affected upper extremity. System usability and treatment credibility/expectancy were evaluated positively by therapists and patients.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society,EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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Aug. 30 2011-Sept. 3 2011

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