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The industrial design of a robotic device for upper-limb stroke rehabilitation

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dc.contributor.advisor Rodriguez-Ramirez, Edgar
dc.contributor.advisor Signal, Nada
dc.contributor.author Guo, Tiger ChongSheng
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-07T23:58:33Z
dc.date.available 2023
dc.date.copyright 2021
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz:443//handle/123456789/10967
dc.description.abstract Over 16.9 million people worldwide suffer a stroke annually (Feigin et al., 2014, p. 2). Up to 80% of stroke survivors suffer weakness or paralysis in one half of their body, frequently compromising their ability to lead an independent life (Alankus, Lazar, May, & Kelleher, 2010; Buma, Lindeman, Ramsey, & Kwakkel, 2010, p. 589). In order to promote recovery, stroke survivors are recommended to participate in rehabilitation through intensive and repetitive training (McLaren et al., 2020). Robotic rehabilitative devices are a promising tool in assisting stroke rehabilitation, increasing the ability for clinicians to treat more individuals, and facilitating the ability for rehabilitation to be completed at home. However, robotic rehabilitative devices are poorly accepted by users, and experience high levels of rejection and abandonment (Cruz, Emmel, Manzini, & Braga Mendes, 2016). Based on current models of acceptability, it is suggested that this low acceptability is derived from poor user perceptions of ease of use, usefulness, enjoyment, adaptivity, around robotic rehabilitative devices, as well as product- related stigma (Heerink, Kröse, Evers, & Wielinga, 2010; Vaes, 2014a). Instigated by this, this study adopted an empathic, user-centred design model that aimed to implement industrial design to improve the acceptability of these devices. This comprised of the extensive iterative redesign of an existing robotic rehabilitative device, with frequent engagement from stakeholders. This device, alongside the original device, was then tested through trials, questionnaires, and interviews. Results from our study indicate industrial design strategies facilitated meaningful improvements to many dimensions of acceptability. Furthermore, our research identified several novel connections between dimensions of acceptability, and that design may strongly influence them. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights This thesis is not available. Access withheld until June 8 2023. For further information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.subject Design en_NZ
dc.subject Stroke en_NZ
dc.subject Rehabilitation en_NZ
dc.title The industrial design of a robotic device for upper-limb stroke rehabilitation en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Design Innovation en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Industrial Design en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Design Innovation en_NZ
dc.subject.course DSDN593 en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 330309 Industrial and product design en_NZ

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