Prosthetic limb technology has undergone significant advancements in recent years, and standardized metrics are limited in the ability to evaluate these technologies. The lack of quantitative accurate information on functional outcomes results in insufficient evidence to guide research and medical decision-making, and hinders the ability to communicate benefits to patients and to insurance payers. We have developed novel outcome assessment tools to detect differences in functional performance with advanced prosthetic systems.
Rationale: The movement of our eyes to specific locations is intimately tied to the demands of a task. Visual attention is an integral component of motor performance expected to change with accurate sensory feedback and intuitive motor control. Hand function impairment also leads to proximal body compensations, which can lead to poor performance and long-term … Continue reading Gaze and Movement Assessment (GaMA): A quantitative outcome metric for upper limb prosthetic sensory-motor function
The objective of this project was to develop a standardized Performance Assessment Tool (PAT) within the Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) to assist with rehabilitation and recovery of injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Methods of assessing a patient’s functional limitations for optimizing treatment as well as measuring improvement associated with the use of … Continue reading Development of a Lower Limb Performance Assessment Tool
Our Modified Box and Blocks Test with Motion Capture allows us to analyze the kinematics of arm and trunk motion during this task. When a prosthetic user moves blocks from one side of the box to the other, there are significant compensations of body movement that occur. The goal of developing advanced prosthetic devices … Continue reading Modified Box and Blocks Test with Motion Capture