Visual feedback as a prognostic tool

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Authors: Thompson, S.B.N., Coleman, M.J. and Yates, J.

Journal: Journal of Microcomputer Applications

Volume: 9

Issue: 3

Pages: 215-221

ISSN: 0745-7138

DOI: 10.1016/0745-7138(86)90049-7

This paper describes a project conducted at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, which investigated the use of a microcomputer to provide visual feedback during an occupational therapy session. The results achieved were very encouraging. Significant evidence (at the 2 1 2% level) was found in support of Hypothesis I which suggested that change in reaction time due to treatment of the affected lower limb of a patient in the mid stroke category is different to that of a patient in the late stroke category. Hypothesis II was also supported (at the 2 1 2% level) while Hypothesis III was refuted (at the 5% level), and suggested that: there would be a significant improvement in the contraction time (II) or relaxation time (III) of patients after treatment. In general terms, computer assisted visual feedback does appear to offer a number of advantages; in particular, the study carried out suggests a clear role for this approach as a prognostic tool in adult hemiplegia. © 1986.

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