Motivating stroke rehabilitation through music: A feasibility study using digital musical instruments in the home

Kirk Pedro, Mick Grierson, Rebeka Bodak, Nick Ward, Fran Brander, Kate Kelly, Nicholas Newman, Lauren Stewart

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Abstract

Digital approaches to physical rehabilitation are becoming
increasingly common [14] and embedding these new
technologies within a musical framework may be
particularly motivating [11,12]. The current feasibility
study aimed to test if digital musical instruments (DMIs)
could aid in the self-management of stroke rehabilitation in
the home, focusing on seated forward reach movements of
the upper limb. Participants (n=3), all at least 11 months
post stroke, participated in 15 researcher-led music making
sessions over a 5 week intervention period. The sessions
involved them ‘drumming’ to the beat of self-chosen tunes
using bespoke digital drum pads that were synced
wirelessly to an iPad App and triggered percussion sounds
as feedback. They were encouraged to continue these
exercises when the researcher was not present. The results
showed significant levels of self-management and
significant increases in functional measures with some
evidence for transfer into tasks of daily living.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016 - Proceedings, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages4
Publication date7 May 2016
Pages1781-1785
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - California, San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016

Conference

ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationCalifornia
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period07/05/201612/05/2016

Keywords

  • Auditory Feedback
  • Digital Musical Interfaces
  • Entrainment
  • Self-management
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

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