Journal article

Exploring the Role of Accelerometers in the Measurement of Real World Upper-Limb Use After Stroke

Kathryn S Hayward, Janice J Eng, Lara A Boyd, Bimal Lakhani, Julie Bernhardt, Catherine E Lang

BRAIN IMPAIRMENT | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

The ultimate goal of upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke is to promote real-world use, that is, use of the paretic upper-limb in everyday activities outside the clinic or laboratory. Although real-world use can be collected through self-report questionnaires, an objective indicator is preferred. Accelerometers are a promising tool. The current paper aims to explore the feasibility of accelerometers to measure upper-limb use after stroke and discuss the translation of this measurement tool into clinical practice. Accelerometers are non-invasive, wearable sensors that measure movement in arbitrary units called activity counts. Research to date indicates that activity counts are a reliable a..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Awarded by Canada Research Chairs


Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Awarded by US National Institutes of Health


Funding Acknowledgements

KSH was supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada; Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research British Columbia; and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC 1088449); BL was supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research British Columbia Canada; LAB was supported by Canada Research Chairs (950-203318) and JB was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC 1058635). This work was partially supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (JJE, MOP-137053; LAB, MOP-130269) and the US National Institutes of Health (CEL, R01 HD068290).