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Volume 13, Issue 3


Patient engagement and clinical feasibility of Augmented Reflection Technology for stroke rehabilitation

Simon Hoermann / Leigh Hale / Stanley J. Winser / Holger Regenbrecht
Published Online: 2014-07-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2014-0328


This paper evaluates the patient engagement and clinical feasibility of an Augmented Reflection Technology (ART) system for use in physical rehabilitation of the upper limb following stroke. In particular, TheraMem, an extension of the ART system, was assessed on its potential to engage patients in meaningful therapeutic exercise. Six patients participated in a total of 24 sessions of upper limb training using the system. Tailored support for patients performing the exercises was provided based on the severity and level of their impairment. Various configurations of the system were evaluated and adjusted to best match the therapeutic requirements and the patient’s preferences. All patients were able to successfully participate and complete the TheraMem intervention at a high level of engagement and motivation over the course of the therapy sessions.

Keywords: augmented reality; game-based rehabilitation; mirror therapy; mixed reality; visual illusion


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About the article

Corresponding author: Simon Hoermann, PhD, Department of Information Science, University of Otago, 60 Clyde Street, Dunedin, New Zealand, E-mail:

Received: 2013-05-10

Accepted: 2013-06-27

Published Online: 2014-07-23

Published in Print: 2014-09-01

Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 355–360, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2014-0328.

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