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EPSRC Reference: GR/S29089/01
Title: SMART Rehabilitation: Technological Applications for Use in the Home
Principal Investigator: Mountain, Professor GA
Other Investigators:
Eccleston, Professor C Harris, Dr N Hu, Professor H
Harris, Professor ND Black, Professor ND
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Charnwood Dynamics Ltd Royal Hallamshire Hospital Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Fdn Trust
Stroke Association Ulster Community Hospitals Trust University of Bath
Department: Sch of Health and Social Care
Organisation: Sheffield Hallam University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 2003 Ends: 31 December 2006 Value (£): 690,674
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Med.Instrument.Device& Equip.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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This research will explore the appropriateness and effectiveness of systems to support hospital or home based rehabiltation programmes for older people who have sustained a stroke, the aim being recovery and improvement of mobility. It will take into account the need to produce home based solutions that will facilitate empowerment, feedback and carer participation. Prior to development of the technology, we will undertake focus groups to capture the views of users, carers and professionals. Academic therapists will be asked to identify and agree the components of specific interventionsfor translation into technological solutions. We will also establish a reference group of national and international experts. These three sources of information and opinion will be taken into account by engineers during the development of two smart monitoring systems (chosen to represent a high and low level of complexity), to capture kinematic data from individual physiotherapy interventions. The efficacy of the resulting prototypes will be examined firstly in a controlled ward setting and then in the homes of people who have had a stroke. Finally we will consider the infrastructure requiredto facilitate widespread usage. It is envisaged that this project will be followed by a robust clinical trial to examine effectiveness. We will also look for further sources of fundina to suooort a wider ranae of theraov.for different conditions affectina older oeoole and for suitabilitv in different settinas.
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Project URL: http://www.thesmartconsortium.org
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