Publication type: Conference poster
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Robots as therapists : patients' experiences, motivation and expectations with robot-assisted training - a qualitative study
Authors: Kofler, Nicole
Graf, Eveline
Nast, Irina
Wirz, Markus
Scheermesser, Mandy
et. al: No
Conference details: RehabWeek, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 25-29 July 2022
Issue Date: Jul-2022
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 615.82: Physical therapy
Abstract: Background: Robot-assisted training (RAT) has become part of the rehabilitation of motor and functional limitations after neurological events. So far, studies focused on effectiveness and only little is known about the patients’ perception of RAT. However, to improve its effec-tive implementation, it is essential that the perspective of all participants is considered. The goal of this qualitative study was to gain insight into patients’ perceptions of RAT. Method: To capture the patients’ perception of RAT, a qualitative design with a phenomeno-logical approach was used. Ten patients undergoing RAT after neurological events were in-terviewed using a semi-structured guideline. The questions were based on the categories «experiences», «motivation», and «expectations». Data were analyzed using qualitative con-tent analysis. Results/Discussion: The following main themes could be identified with the data analysis: «motivation over time», «feelings towards/during RAT», «initial expectations towards RAT», «comparison of RAT with conventional therapies», « influences on mental health », and «positive and negative influencing factors». The majority of participants showed high motiva-tion and a positive perception of RAT e.g. due to the standing posture during RAT. Also, par-ticipants perceived the combination of RAT and conventional therapy as beneficial and re-ported a positive influence of RAT on mental health. However, the individual perceptions and expectations varied largely which should be taken into account when incorporating RAT as therapeutic intervention. Conclusion: A patient-centered approach should be enforced in RAT in order to meet the great diversity of needs, expectations and opinions of the patients regarding the rehabilitative training.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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