EU SCRIPT Project passes first year review

Robots to help rehabilitation for stroke patients at home

The EU SCRIPT Project (Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-Robotics) coordinated by Farshid Amirabdollahian who is also Principal Investigator, passed its first year review with flying colours.

Recent developments in robot-mediated rehabilitation has shown growing evidence of robotic devices for delivering repetitive training beneficial to patient's recovery of functional and motor outcome during acute and chronic phases of stroke rehabilitation.

In year 1 the project delivered the first prototype system, allowing stroke patients to play 3 games for wrist and hand rehabilitation at home. Year 1 of the project encompassed the formative evaluation cycle, which provided a user-centred design approach during shaping of the first prototype system. This included the hand and wrist orthosis and different software components such as patient user interface and health care professionals’ user interface. Stakeholders involved in these formative cycles included patients, family carers and therapists via a number of focus groups across UK, Netherlands and Italy.  Furthermore, prototypes underwent usability and home-based testing.

The resultant system adapts the exercise to the individuals’ needs, i.e. in form of speed and range of motion available and allows the therapist to remotely monitor the activity through a web portal. Games are specifically designed to link the exercise with their therapeutic benefits, i.e. increasing range of motion or speed in achieving different gestures such as grasping or flexion and extension of the wrist.

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