A Game Changer: the Use of Digital Technologies in the Management of Upper Limb Rehabilitation Following Stroke

Ballantyne, R. and Rea, P. (2018) A Game Changer: the Use of Digital Technologies in the Management of Upper Limb Rehabilitation Following Stroke. 2nd Visualisation in Science Conference 2018, Glasgow, UK, 03 Dec 2018.

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Hemiparesis is a symptom of residual weakness in half of the body, including the upper extremity, which affects the majority of post-stroke survivors. Current treatment interventions aim to improve motor functions, however due to increasing NHS pressure, reduction of physiotherapists and an increasing incidence of stroke with an aging population there is an urgent need for new approaches to be developed. Upper limb function is essential for daily life and reduction in movements can lead to a decline in quality of life and independence. Fortunately, a range of digital technologies have led to inclusion of new rehabilitation techniques including but not limited to robotics, leap motion, motion-capture and virtual reality. To gain further insight, a meta-analysis literature search was carried out using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) method. Articles were then categorized and pooled into the following groups; pro/anti/neutral for the use of digital technology. The majority of the inclusive literature is supportive of the use of digital technologies in the rehabilitation of upper extremity following stroke. Additionally, most literature is rationalised by quantitative and qualitative findings. We shall present the findings of this study. Prevailing developments on use of these technologies highlights an evolutionary and revolutionary step into utilising digital technologies for clinical benefits including rehabilitation purposes. The influx of more commercialised and accessible devices could alter stroke recovery further.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rea, Dr Paul
Authors: Ballantyne, R., and Rea, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
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