Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Assessment and training in home-baesd telerehabilitation ofr arm mobility impairment

Joel C. Perry, Cristina Rodríguez-de-Pablo, Sivakumar Balasubramanian, Francesca I. Cavallaro, Aitor Belloso, Thierry Keller


The aging population and limited healthcare capacities call for a change in how rehabilitation care is provided. There is a need to provide more autonomous and scalable care that can be more easily transferred out of the clinic and into home environments. One important barrier to this objective is achieving reliable assessment of motor performance using low-cost technology. Toward this end, an assessment framework and methodology is proposed. The framework uses 4 sequential games to measure aspects of range of motion, range of force, control of motion, and control of force. Parameters derived from the range of motion task are used to define motion requirements in all subsequent assessment games, while parameters derived from the range of force task are used to define subsequent lifting force requirements. A 12-week usability study was conducted in which 9 patients completed the clinical testing phase and 6 therapists and 7 patients completed the questionnaire. Feedback from the questionnaire shows the system is easy to use and integrates well in the clinical setting. The most commonly requested modifications were the inclusion of more games and the incorporation of hand training. Some initial position and force data are shown for one subject and discussion on implications for mobility assessment using the developed device are provided.

Text complet: Text complet