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ISSN: 2472-100X

Journal of Pediatric Neurology and Medicine

  • Research Article   
  • J Pediatr Neurol Med 2017, Vol 2(2): 2
  • DOI: 10.4172/2472-100X.1000120

Usability Test of a Smart Textile for Upper-Limb Rehabilitation in Patients with Neurological Diseases

Maria Almenara-Masbernat1,2,3*, Rosa Rodriguez4, Urbez Santana4, Ignasi Soriano1,2,3, Esther Duarte2,5,6, Josep Medina1,2,3 and Eloy Opisso1,2,3
1Institut Guttmann Research, Camí de Can Ruti, s/n Badalona, Spain
2Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Plaça Cívica, 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain
3Fundació Institut d’investigació en Ciències de la salut Germans Trias i Pujol, Carretera Canyet, 08916 Badalona, Barcelona, Spain
4Eurecat - Mataró, Parc Científic i de la Innovació TecnoCampus, Av. d’Ernest Lluch, 36, 08302 Mataró, Barcelona, Spain
5Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Parc de Salut Mar (Hospital del Mar/Hospital 15 de l'Esperança), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
6Rehabilitation Research Group, Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques (IMIM), 21 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
*Corresponding Author : Maria Almenara-Masbernat, PT, Institut Guttmann, Neurorehabilitation Hospital Camí de Can Ruti, S/n 08916 Badalona, Spain, Tel: +340680747724, +34934977700 Exn.2354, Fax: +34 93 497 77 07, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Apr 25, 2017 / Accepted Date: May 05, 2017 / Published Date: May 12, 2017


Purpose: (1) To develop a smart jacket with sensors embedded in the sleeve that monitors the upper limb movement through a User Centered Design (UCD) process and (2) to assess by means of a Usability Test whether this tool can be used in upper limb rehabilitation of people with neurological diseases such as spinal cord injuries or strokes.

Methods: 32 participants (aged 25-65), 16 patients with neurological diseases and 16 experts were included in the UCD process for two years of development divided in three parts: (i) focus group, (ii) pilot test and (iii) evaluation of the product, which contains the usability test (UT). During UT the participants performed 10 actions wearing the jacket and assessed it by filling out usability questionnaire with 11 questions that answer eight usability items (satisfaction, effectiveness, easiness of use, safety, comfort, usability, aesthetics and feedback).

Results: User’s scores about satisfaction, effectiveness, easiness of use and safety were above 4.5, comfort and usability above 4.0. Expert’s scores about satisfaction, usability, effectiveness were below 4.0. Safety, comfort and easiness of use remained above 4. In both groups, aesthetics were the worst rated with a score less than 4.0. Feedback could not be assessed because it was not operational.

Conclusion: Based on inputs, the device showed to be tool for the upper limb rehabilitation because it monitors the patients’ movements, it provides a feedback and it collects data for the therapist. However, several aspects such as feedback and aesthetics need to be addressed to improve its usability.

Keywords: Usability test; Smart textiles; Neurorehabilitation; Stroke; Spinal-cord injuries; Traumatic brain injuries; Upper-limb rehabilitation

Citation: Masbernat MA, Rodriguez R, Santana U, Soriano I, Duarte E, et al. (2017) Usability Test of a Smart Textile for Upper-Limb Rehabilitation in Patients with Neurological Diseases. J Pediatr Neurol Med 2: 120. Doi: 10.4172/2472-100X.1000120

Copyright: ©2017 Masbernat MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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