Using both hands: tangibles for stroke rehabilitation in the home

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Kytö, Mikko
Maye, Laura
McGookin, David
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Stroke is one of the most common cause of long-term disability in the world, significantly reducing quality of life through impairing motor functions and cognitive abilities. Whilst rehabilitation exercises can help in the recovery of motor function impairments, stroke survivors rarely exercise enough, leading to far from optimal recovery. In this paper, we investigate how upper limb stroke rehabilitation can be supported using interactive tangible bimanual devices in the home. We customise the rehabilitation activities based on individual rehabilitation requirements and motivation of stroke survivors. Through evaluation with five stroke survivors, we uncovered insight into how tangible stroke rehabilitation systems for the home should be designed. The evaluation revealed the special importance of tailorable form factor and supporting self-awareness and grip exercises in order to increase the independency of stroke survivors to carry out activities of daily living.
Stroke , Rehabilitation , Bimanual , Bilateral , Tangible interaction , Home
Kytö, M., Maye, L. and McGookin, D. (2019) 'Using both hands: tangibles for stroke rehabilitation in the home', CHI 2019: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-9 May, Paper 382 (14pp). doi: 10.1145/3290605.3300612