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Ergonomic Design of Bathrooms for People with Cerebral Palsy in the Philippines

  • Quirby Alberto
  • Brian Atanacio
  • Cyrill CucuecoEmail author
  • Ana Mercado
  • Benette Custodio
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 482)

Abstract

Around 2–3 out of 1000 births in the Philippines are born with Cerebral Palsy that affects the brain leading to complications of one’s motor skills. Partnered with Philippine Cerebral Palsy Incorporated (PCPI), which has a current bathroom layout that failed to meet the standards set by the Philippines, the study proposes an ergonomic bathroom design for Cerebral Palsy patients. Anthropometric and biomechanical data of the patients were integrated to the derivation of the specific measurements of different parts of the bathroom. In addition, qualitative inputs for the design were also gathered. Combining both qualitative and quantitative measures, a bathroom design that conforms to Philippine standards was created. This application of ergonomics in Cerebral Palsy facilities is a step closer in allowing Filipino patients suffering from this condition to attain independence in activities that are part of a person’s daily routine.

Keywords

Philippines Cerebral palsy Ergonomic Anthropometric Biomechanical Qualitative measures 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Without the perpetual assistance, contribution and support of Philippine Cerebral Palsy Incorporated, participation in the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics would not have been possible.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Quirby Alberto
    • 1
  • Brian Atanacio
    • 1
  • Cyrill Cucueco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ana Mercado
    • 1
  • Benette Custodio
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the PhilippinesQuezon CityPhilippines

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