Journal article

The role of accelerometers in the measurement of real world upper limb use after stroke

K Hayward, J Eng, LA Boyd, B Lakhani, J Bernhardt, CE Lang

Cambridge University Press

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 review 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 ..

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