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Us'em: motivating stroke survivors to use their impaired arm and hand in daily life

Us'em: motivating stroke survivors to use their impaired arm and hand in daily life,10.1145/1979742.1979761,Luuk Beursgens,Freek Boesten,Annick Timmer

Us'em: motivating stroke survivors to use their impaired arm and hand in daily life  
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Stroke leaves the majority of its survivors with an impairment of the upper extremity that seriously reduces their quality of life and their ability to live independently. Rehabilitation research has shown that extensive usage of the impaired arm in everyday life can improve arm-hand performance, even in chronic stages after stroke. Such usage though is difficult for patients who need some help to be reminded and motivated for using the impaired arm. This paper presents the user centered design and initial evaluation of Us'em, a watch-like device that provides feedback to patients regarding the usage of their impaired arm-hand in relation to their non-affected upper extremity in order to motivate them to use their affected arm more.
Conference: Computer Human Interaction - CHI , pp. 1279-1284, 2011
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