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Geriatrics 2017, 2(1), 2; doi:10.3390/geriatrics2010002

iPad Use in Stroke Neuro-Rehabilitation

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Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, BN2 5BE, UK
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Academic Department of Geriatrics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, BN2 5BE, UK
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Academic Editor: Phyo Kyaw Myint
Received: 16 October 2016 / Revised: 20 December 2016 / Accepted: 4 January 2017 / Published: 6 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stroke in Ageing)
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Abstract

Neuro-rehabilitation services are essential in reducing post-stroke impairments, enhancing independence, and improving recovery in hospital and post-discharge. However these services are therapist-dependent and resource intensive. Patients’ disengagement and boredom in stroke units are common which adversely affect functional and psychological outcomes. Novel techniques such as use of iPads™ are increasingly researched to overcome such challenges. The aim of this review is to determine the feasibility, effectiveness, acceptability, and barriers to the use of iPads™ in stroke neuro-rehabilitation. Four databases and manual literature search were used to identify published studies using the terms “iPad”, “Stroke”, and “neuro-rehabilitation”. Studies were included in accordance with the review selection criteria. A total of 16 articles were included in the review. The majority of the studies focused on iPads use in speech and language therapy. Although of small scale, the studies highlighted that iPads are feasible, have the potential to improve rehabilitation outcomes, and can improve patient’s social isolation. Patients’ stroke severity and financial limitations are some of the barriers highlighted in this review. This review presents preliminary data supportive for the use of iPad technology in stroke neuro-rehabilitation. However, further research is needed to determine impact on rehabilitation goals acquisition, clinical efficacy, and cost-efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: iPad; tablet computers; Stroke; neuro-rehabilitation iPad; tablet computers; Stroke; neuro-rehabilitation
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