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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: A novel assistive therapy chair to improve trunk control during neurorehabilitation : perceptions of physical therapists and patients
Authors: Bauer, C.M.
Nast, I.
Scheermesser, M.
Kuster, R.P.
Textor, D.
Wenger, M.
Kool, J.
Baumgartner, D.
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103390
Published in: Applied Ergonomics
Volume(Issue): 94
Issue: 103390
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 0003-6870
Language: English
Subjects: Stroke; Trunk stability and control; Robot-assisted therapy
Subject (DDC): 615.82: Physical therapy
616.8: Neurology, diseases of nervous system
Abstract: A prototype assistive therapy chair (T-Chair) that induces exercise stimuli to improve trunk control and standing and walking early after stroke has been developed. The aim of this study was to assess its usability in a rehabilitation setting. Eleven physical therapists (PTs) integrated the T-Chair into the therapy programs of 15 patients post stroke. Each patient performed on average four individual therapy sessions on the T-Chair under the PTs' supervision. Usability was assessed using questionnaires, therapy diaries and focus group interviews with PTs'. Among PTs’, 64% had generally a positive view on the T-Chair. Physical therapists recognized the potential for unsupervised therapy. Generally, patients reacted positively and enjoyed training. The T-Chair has the potential to become an adequate training tool for patients with an intermediate trunk control after stroke. Further development and usability testing are required to provide a therapeutic device allowing for an intensive therapy early post stroke.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Mechanical Systems (IMES)
Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: T-CHAIR
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