Preliminary Extraction of Themes from a Review About User Perspectives on Assistive Technology for the Upper Limb After Stroke

  • A. L. van OmmerenEmail author
  • G. B. Prange-Lasonder
  • J. S. Rietman
  • P. H. Veltink
  • J. H. Buurke
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 15)


Use of assistive technology to support the upper extremity of stoke survivors seems promising. Attention for the needs and preferences of the end-user from the start of the design is crucial to avoid device abandonment. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the factors that play a role in the successful use of upper extremity assistive technology in rehabilitation and daily life activities of stroke survivors through a systematic analysis of the literature. Six qualitative studies have been retrieved from PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, Embase, PsycINFO and additional reference tracking. Analysis of user expressions resulted in the specification of three overarching themes: accessibility, usage and personalization.



This study is partly funded by Horizon 2020 (call ICT-22-2014) under grant no. 64400.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. van Ommeren
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. B. Prange-Lasonder
    • 1
  • J. S. Rietman
    • 1
  • P. H. Veltink
    • 2
  • J. H. Buurke
    • 1
  1. 1.Roessingh Research and DevelopmentUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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