Measuring physical behavior with wearable technology in rehabilitation
Objective measurement of physical behavior is pivotal in enhancing the health of patients within rehabilitation. Wearable technology provides a promising, non-invasive, and objective method for measuring physical behavior in rehabilitation research and clinical practice. Despite the rapid technological developments, much knowledge must be gained to apply wearable monitoring in research and clinical practice constructively. This project aimed to increase the understanding of measuring physical behavior with wearable technology with special considerations for physical behavior in the context of the International Classification of Functioning and Health (ICF), the multidimensionality of outcome measures of physical behavior and its application in clinical care. The project is the PhD project of Hanneke Braakhuis, and in 2021 she will defend her thesis.
Her thesis includes the following topics:
- A review on the added value of objective feedback on physical activity;
- A study on better understanding the multidimensionality of objectively measured exercise behavior through data-driven data reduction and identifying subgroups in people with MS;
- An article on the value of the multidimensionality of physical behavior, based on contribution of different physical behavior dimensions to other important clinical outcome measures;
- A study on the different physical behavior dimensions over time, analyzed and related to motor recovery in severely affected stroke patients;
- A survey on the extent to which the technology to objectively measure physical behavior is already used among physiotherapists in rehabilitation care, and the perceived barrier.
1-10-17 / 1-10-2020
Physical Behaviour monitoring
Clinical focus area
Acquired Brain Injury