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Factors affecting the usability of an assistive soft robotic glove after stroke or multiple sclerosis

S Palmcrantz, J Plantin, J Borg
2020 Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine  
To explore the usability and effects of an assistive soft robotic glove in the home setting after stroke or multiple sclerosis. A mixed methods design. Participants with stroke (n = 10) or multiple sclerosis (n = 10) were clinically assessed, and instructed to use the glove in activities of daily living for 6 weeks. They reported their experience of using the glove via weekly telephone interviews and 1 semi-structured interview. The soft robotic glove was used by participants in a wide variety
more » ... in a wide variety of activities of daily living. Perceived beneficial effects while using the glove were a sustained and a strong grip. Disadvantages of using the glove were a lack of assistance in hand opening function and the glove not being usable for fine hand use. The glove was found to be useful by two-thirds of participants who completed the study, mainly by participants with moderate limitations in hand activity and an overall level of functioning that allowed participation in everyday life activities Conclusion: The study highlights important aspects for consideration in the further development of new soft hand robotics for sustained use in activities of daily living after a central nervous system lesion.
doi:10.2340/16501977-2650 pmid:31993671 fatcat:kpnqn6hkybguvislwa5gtizjxe