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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences, volume 8, numbers 1 and 2, 2016 // View article lifsci_v8_n12_2016_9


Monitoring the use of impaired hand by a new low cost device during daily life activities with a real-time visual feedback

Authors:
Nour El Hoda Saleh
Ali Hage-Diab
Ghadir Salhab
Bilal Debs
Mohamad Hajj-Hassan
Hassan Khachfe
Ahmad Rifaii Sarraj
Soha Saleh

Keywords: ; finger movement impairment; stroke; home-based therapy

Abstract:
Hand movement tracking devices are important for monitoring impaired hand function during daily life activities. The study presented the design of a finger movement evaluation device to record hand movement in daily life activities. It also investigates the feasibility of using such a device for rehabilitative purposes. Finger Movement Evaluation Device (FMED) was developed for these purposes and was tested on six stroke subjects who used it at home for two days. Based on the results of the feasibility study and subjects’ request to use the device for a longer period of time, a home-based therapy pilot study on one stroke survivor was done. Results show a high patient acceptance of using FMED, with an ability to use acquired data to extract quantitative information about finger movement. However, the clinical training trial shows that the first version of the device is not practical for intensive use and its performance is not stable. These preliminary findings lead to designing a new version of the device using different hardware and setup.

Pages: 103 to 111

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2016. Used with permission.

Publication date: June 30, 2016

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2660

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