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Wearable Medical Measurement Tools: Hand Data Glove for Rehabilitation

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Condell, Joan, Curran, K, Gardiner, P, Xie, X, Quigley, T and Winder, John (2010) Wearable Medical Measurement Tools: Hand Data Glove for Rehabilitation. In: 2nd Annual Translational Medicine Conference, City of Derry Hotel, Londonderry. Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre. 3 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Measurement of joint range is a concern of many health care professionals and is used to establish a baseline and to record progress. Our team includes a Consultant Rheumatologist who has identified specific areas within hand measurement which would be of benefit to practising clinicians. Current measurement techniques available to clinicians are either invasive (x-rays) or rely heavily on manual evaluation such as vision and touch which are dependent on training and experience and results often vary between observers. Measuring tape is commonly used to measure distances e.g. between palm and fingertip which also leads to issues with accuracy, as well as patient self questionnaires which allow for interpretation. Hand measurement has many direct applications within medical practice including diagnosis, prognosis and recovery assessment of patients with conditions specific to the hand e.g. to measure how far a patient can close their fingers (with a flare up in arthritis patients may not be able to make a fist). The aim of this research is to develop a solution for measuring hand joint movement that delivers useful data to the clinician through a clear graphical user interface, enabling clinicians to efficiently make informed decisions on loss of movement. Custom developed 3D graphics of the human hand will be integrated to enhance the user experience and add educational value. In order to achieve this accurate motion capture, data of hand coordinates will be used with a sensor driven computerised glove. This research project aligns people with skill sets from the Creative Arts, Computing & Engineering, Programming and Rheumatology all of which have a vision and appreciation of how available and evolving technologies can be integrated to have a positive, direct impact on real clinical practice. The prototype is developed with insight from an active clinician in the field of Rheumatology. This facilitates direct measurement of the benefits and impact the project could have in daily clinical practice.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Poster)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:17380
Deposited By:Dr Joan Condell
Deposited On:07 Mar 2011 13:38
Last Modified:28 Feb 2012 12:04

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