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Application of a Rehabilitation Game Model to Assistive Technology Design

Boureaud, Justine, Holmes, Dominic, Charles, DK, McClean, S, Morrow, PJ and McDonough, S M (2016) Application of a Rehabilitation Game Model to Assistive Technology Design. In: 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality & Associated Technologies. University of Reading. 4 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Games are increasingly used by physiotherapists in rehabilitation and the gamification of rehabilitation processes is an increasingly common practice. A key motivation for injecting playful or gameful activities into rehabilitation is to enhance engagement for home rehabilitation exercises by making them more fun. Multi-disciplinary cooperation is important to designing gameful activities. However, system design and development can be challenging between software engineers, health professionals, and academics due to terminology and knowledge differences. Sometimes skill and knowledge levels are also not optimal within the team. In both cases a comprehensive Rehabilitation Game Model (RGM) built on established principles, with an associated tool, can facilitate an effective design process. Factors that can be missed without use of a structured process include the potential impact of symptoms and variation in user demographic, personality or interaction preference. Our RGM helps game designers put a greater focus on variations between people in designing rehabilitation games. In this paper we provide an overview of the RGM and extending it to include rehabilitation aspects. We apply it to upper arm stroke rehabilitation. We present a representation of the output from the RGM that can form the basis for advice and guidance to serious game designers of upper arm stroke rehabilitation games.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Assistive technology, model, profile, rehabilitation game model.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:35140
Deposited By: Dr Darryl Charles
Deposited On:17 Jan 2017 09:26
Last Modified:17 Jan 2017 09:26

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