As part of our ALIAS (Artificial Life, Intelligence and Adaptive Systems) talks, Prof Jane Burridge from Southampton University gave a talk about the finding of a recent NIHR research programme, ATRAS, in which we investigated the barriers and facilitators to using Assistive Technologies in upper limb stroke rehabilitation.
The project conducted a survey of the views of healthcare professionals (HCP),
patients and carers, starting from a 2-day interactive exhibition of
over 27 different commercially available technologies currently used
in upper limb stroke rehabilitation attended by over 200 patients,
carers and HCPs. Output from a series of focus groups was then used to
develop questionnaires that enabled the views of the focus groups to
be tested in wider population. The key findings of the work identified
a ‘system failure’ and lack of access to information and training as
being key reasons why technologies have failed to translate from
research to clinical use. Both HCPs and patients want to use
technologies at home and for activities of daily living rather than
exercises. HCPs considered that patients lacked confidence to use
technologies without support, but patients tended to disagree!