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Haptic interface as a tool for assessment of rehabilitation outcome

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Code Science Field Subfield
3.08.00  Medical sciences  Public health (occupational safety)   

Code Science Field
B710  Biomedical sciences  Physical medicine, kinesitherapy, revalidation, rehabilitation 
haptic interface, amputations of upper limb, outcome measurement, rehabilitation
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Researchers (13)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  02813  PhD Tadej Bajd  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2003 - 2005  831 
2.  20185  PhD Aleš Bardorfer  Metrology  Researcher  2004 - 2005  46 
3.  23352  Darinka Brezovar    Technical associate  2003 - 2005  93 
4.  14962  PhD Helena Burger  Public health (occupational safety)  Head  2003 - 2005  873 
5.  21405  Uroš Mali  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2003 - 2005  17 
6.  14038  PhD Zlatko Matjačić  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2003 - 2005  372 
7.  21854  Tomaž Maver    Technical associate  2003 - 2005  74 
8.  11203  PhD Duška Meh  Neurobiology  Researcher  2003 - 2005  225 
9.  18182  PhD Matjaž Mihelj  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2003  331 
10.  23484  PhD Metka Moharić  Public health (occupational safety)  Junior researcher  2003 - 2005  198 
11.  07134  PhD Marko Munih  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2003 - 2005  724 
12.  23353  Zdenka Pihlar    Technical associate  2003 - 2005  160 
13.  02478  PhD Vesna Radonjić-Miholič  Psychology  Researcher  2003 - 2005  212 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0309  University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5053919000  5,780 
2.  0381  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine  Ljubljana  1627066  48,448 
3.  1538  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering  Ljubljana  1626965  27,836 
There is still no agreement on rehabilitation of children and adults after an amputation of the upper limb. The main problems are when to start with prosthetic fitting of children with congenital deficiency of an upper limb and which type of prosthesis to use (both for adults and children). The absence of objective methods for measurement and assessment of rehabilitation outcome make the decissions and comparisson of different rehabilitation programmes almost impossible. The assessment of rehabilitation outcome is nowadays mainly based on the use of different questionnaires about prosthetic use. In the project we will choose and develope the outcome measures for measurement the impairement, activitiy limitations, participation, quality of life and satisfaction with the prosthesis for adults and children based on ICF criteria (WHO 2000). Thirty children and 200 adluts after an upper limb amputation will be assessed with haptic interface (PHANTOM Premium 1.5 haptic interface) and choosen measures. The results will be statistically analysed by SPSS. We will answer the following questions: 1.Are the results of haptic interface in correlation with the choosen measures 2.Which measures are the best for measurement and assessemnt at the level of activity limitation, quality of life and satisfaction with the prosthesis 3.Does training in the virtual environment improve the outcome and shorten the time of rehabilitation 4.Does the training of myoelectric signals in virtual environment decresase the phantom pain 5.Which paramethers of imapirement have the greatest influence on the decission about the prosthetic components used The measures will be the basis of further clinical work with subjets after an amputation of the upper limb. They will be used for the new patients and also for those with amputation from the past. Only with objective measurement methods we can argument the decission of the type of proshtesis and choosen components and also compare different rehabilitation programmes.
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