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Electronics 2015, 4(1), 173-203; doi:10.3390/electronics4010173

E-textiles in Clinical Rehabilitation: A Scoping Review

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Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, ON M4G-1R8, Canada
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Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S-3G9, Canada
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Academic Editors: William Scanlon, Akram Alomainy and Nick Timmons
Received: 16 November 2014 / Revised: 16 January 2015 / Accepted: 3 February 2015 / Published: 25 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wearable Electronics)
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Abstract

Electronic textiles have potential for many practical uses in clinical rehabilitation. This scoping review appraises recent and emerging developments of textile-based sensors with applications to rehabilitation. Contributions published from 2009 to 2013 are appraised with a specific focus on the measured physiological or biomechanical phenomenon, current measurement practices, textile innovations, and their merits and limitations. While fabric-based signal quality and sensor integration have advanced considerably, overall system integration (including circuitry and power) has not been fully realized. Validation against clinical gold standards is inconsistent at best, and feasibility with clinical populations remains to be demonstrated. The overwhelming focus of research and development has been on remote sensing but the opportunity for textile-mediated feedback to the wearer remains unexplored. Recommendations for future research are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: electronic textiles; rehabilitation; healthcare; remote monitoring electronic textiles; rehabilitation; healthcare; remote monitoring
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Fleury, A.; Sugar, M.; Chau, T. E-textiles in Clinical Rehabilitation: A Scoping Review. Electronics 2015, 4, 173-203.

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