ASSESSING THE USABILITY OF A ‘NOVEL EXOSKELETON FOR HAND REHABILITATION’ DEVICE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PHYSIOTHERAPIST: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS RESEARCH WITH IN-DEPT INTERVIEW


Tonga E. , Kaplanoğlu E. , Akgün G. , Timurtaş E. , Özen Berkol T. , Polat M. G.

1ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON PHYSIOTECHNOTHERAPY(ICPTT), Sarajevo, Bosna-Hersek, 9 - 13 Mayıs 2018, cilt.5, ss.80

  • Yayın Türü: Bildiri / Özet Bildiri
  • Cilt numarası: 5
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Sarajevo
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Bosna-Hersek
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.80

Özet

Abstract: Purpose: A novel exoskeleton with use four-bar linkage mechanisms for hand rehabilitation was recently developed by Marmara University Mechatronics-Rehab-Lab researchers. The aim of our study is to asses the usability of the designed exoskeleton for hand rehabilitation. Methods: In-dept interviews with focus group (the designer of device, one experienced hand therapist and one physiotherapist researcher who is working technology rehab) were conducted. Our open-ended interview queries with participants encouraged them to describe their experience while designing the device or usability of the prototype exoskeleton for hand rehabilitation. The focus group discussed the ten topics (mechanical design, passive and active joint angle, tendon gliding mechanism, passive motion, active motion, resistive motion, advantages and disadvantages for clinical uses etc.). The focus group members use the exoskeleton while interview was going on. We took notes and audiotaped interviews from the focus group. After in-dept interview we coded the major topics. Results: Compared to others, a simple mechanism is designed and produced suitable for the hands bio dynamics. The physiotherapists specified that the linkage mechanism is a great idea for flexor tendon gliding after flexor tendon injury repair for clinical hand rehabilitation. A minimal traction error found while doing active finger manipulation. Conclusions: A novel exoskeleton with use four-bar linkage mechanisms useful for hand rehabilitation for flexor tendon injuries and has a great advantage for supporting hand exercisers at home. Only some ergonomic designs needed before developing last version of device. Keywords: Exoskeleton, Hand Rehabilitation, Usibility Analisis