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Evaluating User Experiences in Rehabilitation Games

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McNeill, Michael, Charles, Darryl, Burke, James, Crosbie, Jacqueline and McDonough, Suzanne (2012) Evaluating User Experiences in Rehabilitation Games. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 6 (3). pp. 173-181. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1754-9450&volume=6&issue=3

DOI: 10.1108/17549451211261290

Abstract

Computer-based systems for motor function rehabilitation have been around for more than a decade, with work done to help recovery of function in the lower limb (ankle, leg) as well as upper limb (hand and arm). More recently there has been a trend towards the use of game-based systems to deliver rehabilitation goals. Our interdisciplinary group has been working in the area of motor function recovery of the hand and arm (following stroke) for a number of years, using both high-end virtual reality (VR) technology as well as low-cost video capture technology. Over this time it has become clear that there are many challenges in designing usable, effective game-based systems for motor function rehabilitation. This paper reflects on user experiences across the range of technologies developed by our group. We present a summary review of our systems and detail the protocols and user evaluation instruments used. We then critically reflect on this work and review other recent advances in game usability and playability, leading to suggestions for how the user experience of games for rehabilitation may be improved in future work.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Serious games; games for stroke rehabilitation; user evaluation; playability.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:22846
Deposited By:Dr Darryl Charles
Deposited On:25 Jul 2012 15:00
Last Modified:28 Nov 2012 12:29

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