Abstract

The research team, in consultation with collaborating clinician Sarah Bicker, an OTR/L at Harborview Medical Center, researched everyday technology applications. The team conducted a systematic review considering what evidence exists about the effectiveness of commercially available everyday technology (ET) for improving upper extremity motor control and/or motivation to participate in therapy in clients post-stroke. The evidence was promising in support of the use of ET as indicated by improved upper extremity motor control outcomes and client and clinician reports of satisfaction, motivation, and engagement in post-stroke rehabilitation. Clinicians should consider the benefits of implementing ET for upper extremity motor recovery for clients post-stroke.

Due to the changing nature of ET, the research team chose to minimize recommendations of specific applications. Instead, the team created a decision chart to help therapists identify what elements to consider when choosing a technology application to address the upper extremity motor control conditions/impairments with clients post-stroke. The decision tree considers performance skills according to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF), and includes current applications as examples. The research findings and decision chart were presented as an in-service to occupational therapy (OT) practitioners at Harborview Medical Center. Feedback from the in-service indicated that practitioners were positively receptive to the information provided and were more likely to incorporate ET into rehabilitation with their clients as a result of learning the research findings. Reviewing the literature indicates the need for more research regarding technology use for rehabilitation of individuals post-stroke.

Publication Place

Tacoma, Washington

Publisher

University of Puget Sound

Faculty Advisor

Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD, OTR/L

Advisor

Publication Date

5-2018

Genre

Capstone Project

Format

PDF

Language

English

Degree Program

Occupational Therapy

Degree Level

Master of Science

Discipline

Occupational Therapy

School

University of Puget Sound

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