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  • Nasrin Nasr
  • Beatriz Leon Pinzon
  • G. Mountain
  • Sharon M. Nijenhuis
  • Gerdienke B. Prange
  • Patrizio Sale
  • Farshid Amirabdollahian
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)653-660
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Journal publication date16 Nov 2016
Volume11
Issue8
Early online date16 Apr 2015
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2016

Abstract

Purpose: We drew on an interdisciplinary research design to examine stroke survivors’ experiences of living with stroke and with technology in order to provide technology developers with insight into values, thoughts and feelings of the potential users of a to-be-designed robotic technology for home-based rehabilitation of the hand and wrist. Method: Ten stroke survivors and their family carers were purposefully selected. On the first home visit, they were introduced to cultural probe. On the second visit, the content of the probe packs were used as prompt to conduct one-to-one interviews with them. The data generated was analysed using thematic analysis. A third home visit was conducted to evaluate the early prototype. Results: User requirements were categorised into their network of relationships, their attitude towards technology, their skills, their goals and motivations. The user requirements were used to envision the requirements of the system including providing feedback on performance, motivational aspects and usability of the system. Participants’ views on the system requirements were obtained during a participatory evaluation. Conclusion: This study showed that prior to the development of technology, it is important to engage with potential users to identify user requirements and subsequently envision system requirements based on users’ views.Implications for Rehabilitation
An understanding of how stroke survivors make sense of their experiences of living with stroke is needed to design home-based rehabilitation technologies.
Linking stroke survivors’ goals, motivations, behaviour, feelings and attitude to user requirements prior to technology development has a significant impact on improving the design.

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, first published online on 16 April 2015. The version of record [ Nasrin Nasr, Beatriz Leon, Gail Mountain, Sharon M. Nijenhuis, Gerdienke Pranke, Patrixio Sale & Farshid Amirabdollahian, ‘The experience of living with stroke and using technology: opportunities to engage and co-design with end users’, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Vol 11(8): 653-660, November 2016] is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17483107.2015.1036469

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