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ProjectInteractive remote stroke rehabilitation

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Interactive remote stroke rehabilitation

SICS is engaged in a stroke rehabilitation project led by Robotdalen at Mälardalen University. The aim of this project is to develop, together with patients and caregivers, a tool for rehabilitation at home.

Around 30,000 people in Sweden suffer from a stroke every year. Stroke is a common cause of motor impairments and related prolonged, complex disabilities. High quality rehabilitation is important for maintaining the patient’s function, independence, and quality of life.

This project aims to develop a prototype for a real product for future implementation among caregivers. The tool has to be useful for a large group of patients. In order to succeed in this, implementation aspects have been included from the very start of the project. Researchers have worked iteratively with patients, health care organizations, and different professionals involved in the rehabilitation process, throughout the project.

Extensive work regarding user needs has resulted in a prototype for home training based on modern sensor- and communication technology. The project has developed solutions that enable the patient and staff to see each other and interact physically. The patient has a computer installed at home with video communication and a Kinect sensor. The system enables individually designed motor training to be performed. Health professionals can demonstrate exercises and then provide immediate feedback when patients perform the exercises in real time.

One important aspect of this concept is increasing the patient’s motivation to exercise. Some game functionality has been added to the exercises to
improve compliance in conducting exercises, which will lead to better results for the patients. “Motivation is key”, says Marie Sjölinder at SICS. “After all, the best training is always the training you actually do.”

Partners involved in the project, together with SICS and Mälardalens University Robotdalen, include: Alkit Communications, Danderydsgeriatriken,
Danderyds sjukhus, Karolinska Institutet, Landstinget Västmanland, Microsoft , SLL Innovation, Strokeförbundet, Västerås Stad, World Stroke Organization, Örebro Kommun, and Örebro Läns Landsting.

The major financier, VINNOVA, believes the project has strong potential for new innovative solutions for improved care.

Extensive work regarding user needs has resulted in a prototype for home training based on modern sensor- and communication technology.

(photo by Terése Andersson)

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