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Analysis and Improvement of the Usability of a Tele-Rehabilitation Platform for Hip Surgery Patients

  • Hennry Pilco
  • Sandra Sanchez-Gordon
  • Tania Calle-Jimenez
  • Yves Rybarczyk
  • Janio Jadán
  • Santiago Villarreal
  • Wilmer Esparza
  • Patricia Acosta-Vargas
  • César Guevara
  • Isabel L. Nunes
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 781)

Abstract

The Tele-Rehabilitation platform for hip surgery allows patients to carry out part of their rehabilitation at home, without the need to travel long distances to a rehabilitation centre. A lack of usability that may prevent effectiveness, efficiency, and the satisfaction of patients, may lead to problems of confusion, error and delay, or even abandonment of the physical therapy. To perform the usability analysis, a set of heuristics were selected relating to aspects such as navigation, visual clarity, coherence, prevention of errors, user guidance, online help and user control. A cognitive walkthrough technique was also applied. With the results of the analysis, the design and implementation of improvements were performed. The web interfaces of the Tele-Rehabilitation platform were evaluated once again and compared with the baseline to ensure there was an improvement in usability.

Keywords

Telemedicine Tele-rehabilitation Hip surgery Web user interface Usability evaluation Heuristic evaluation Cognitive walkthrough evaluation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research has been partially supported by the Consorcio Ecuatoriano para el Desarrollo de Internet Avanzado (CEDIA).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hennry Pilco
    • 1
  • Sandra Sanchez-Gordon
    • 2
  • Tania Calle-Jimenez
    • 2
  • Yves Rybarczyk
    • 3
    • 4
  • Janio Jadán
    • 5
  • Santiago Villarreal
    • 3
  • Wilmer Esparza
    • 3
  • Patricia Acosta-Vargas
    • 3
  • César Guevara
    • 5
  • Isabel L. Nunes
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Escuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.Department of Informatics and Computer ScienceEscuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  3. 3.Intelligent & Interactive Systems LabUniversidad de Las AméricasQuitoEcuador
  4. 4.CTS/UNINOVA, DEENova University of LisbonMonte de CaparicaPortugal
  5. 5.Universidad Tecnológica IndoaméricaAmbatoEcuador
  6. 6.Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversidade NOVA de LisboaCaparicaPortugal
  7. 7.UNIDEMICaparicaPortugal

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