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Sensors 2014, 14(6), 10213-10233; doi:10.3390/s140610213

Preliminary Evaluation of a Personal Healthcare System Prototype for Cognitive eRehabilitation in a Living Assistance Domain

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Life Supporting Technologies, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Avenida Complutense 30, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Centre for Automation and Robotics UPM-CSIC, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Calle de José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, Madrid 28006, Spain
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Institute of Movement Science, Department of Sport and Health Science, Technische Universität München, Munich 80992, Germany
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School of Psychology, the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Received: 18 March 2014 / Revised: 29 May 2014 / Accepted: 31 May 2014 / Published: 11 June 2014
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Abstract

The integration of rehabilitation systems in an ambient assisted living environment can provide a powerful and versatile tool for long-term stroke rehabilitation goals. This paper introduces a novel concept of a personalized cognitive rehabilitation system in a naturalistic setting. The proposed platform was developed within the CogWatch project, with the intent of fostering independence in activities of daily living in patients with apraxia and action disorganization syndrome. Technical usability was evaluated in a series of pilot experiments, which illustrate how this approach may help to retrain patients in activities of daily living. The first system prototype has been tested with 36 participants divided into three groups, providing an exploratory evaluation of the usability of this solution and its acceptability. The technical solutions used within the CogWatch project are targeted to meet both the end users’ needs from the interaction and usability point of views and the clinical requirements associated with the use of such systems. The challenges behind the development of ambient assisted living systems for cognitive rehabilitation are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognitive rehabilitation; ambient assisted living; personal health system; eRehabilitation; remote rehabilitation cognitive rehabilitation; ambient assisted living; personal health system; eRehabilitation; remote rehabilitation
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Pastorino, M.; Fioravanti, A.; Arredondo, M.T.; Cogollor, J.M.; Rojo, J.; Ferre, M.; Bienkiewicz, M.; Hermsdörfer, J.; Fringi, E.; Wing, A.M. Preliminary Evaluation of a Personal Healthcare System Prototype for Cognitive eRehabilitation in a Living Assistance Domain. Sensors 2014, 14, 10213-10233.

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