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dc.contributor.authorVeneman, Jan F.
dc.contributor.authorJung, Je Hyung
dc.contributor.authorManterola Del Puerto, Iraitz
dc.contributor.authorSeco Rodríguez, Maria Luz
dc.contributor.authorCamiruaga Zalbidea, Iñaki
dc.contributor.authorCardoso Martin, Sergio
dc.contributor.authorMendoza Arteche, Lorea
dc.contributor.authorAlemany Herrera, Jorge
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-15T12:55:13Z
dc.date.available2016-04-15T12:55:13Z
dc.date.issued2016-04-07
dc.identifier.citationDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technologyen
dc.identifier.issn1748-3107en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11556/189
dc.description.abstractPurpose: We present a novel wheelchair posture support device (WPSD) and its clinical validation. The device was developed in order to assure correct sitting posture and to reduce the time spent by caregivers for re-positioning of hospitalized, wheelchair-bound, post-acute stroke patients. Method: The device was validated with 16 subjects during a period of 5 days in which use of the device was compared with regular care practice. Results: The device was used for the five consecutive days in 69% of patients, while for 6% it was not suitable; 25% did not complete the 5 days for reasons unrelated to the device. Caregivers needed to re-position the patients that used the device for the full 5 days (n=11) on an average 52% less often when using the device, as compared to regular practice. Furthermore, the device was rated as usable and functional by the caregivers while significantly reducing perception of trunk and shoulder pain in patients during its use. Conclusions: The newly designed WPSD is a valuable system for the improvement of medical assistance to wheelchair-bound post-stroke patients by reducing pain and number of re-positioning manoeuvres. The WPSD might be applicable to any group of patients who need posture control in either wheelchair or common chair with arms support.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe FIK initiative; funding the development of the Varstiff material technology. Fundaci on Bot ın’s ‘‘Mind the Gap’’ program co-funding the design process of the WPSD. Spherium Biomed co-funding the study with the WPSD.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.titleClinical validation of a novel postural support device for hospitalized sub-acute post stroke wheelchair usersen
dc.typearticleen
dc.identifier.doi10.3109/17483107.2016.1159739en
dc.isiNoen
dc.rights.accessRightsembargoedAccessen
dc.subject.keywordsClinical validationen
dc.subject.keywordsVarstiffen
dc.subject.keywordsVariable Stiffness Materialen
dc.subject.keywordsWheelchair supports and cushionsen
dc.subject.keywordsStroke Rehabilitationen


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