SoPhy: A Wearable Technology for Lower Limb Assessment in Video Consultations of Physiotherapy

論文URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3025453.3025489

論文アブストラクト:Physiotherapists are increasingly using video conferencing tools for their teleconsultations. Yet, the assessment of subtle differences in body movements remains a challenge. To support lower limb assessment in video consultations, we present SoPhy, a wearable technology consisting of a pair of socks with embedded sensors for patients to wear; and a web interface that displays information about range of weight distribution, foot movement, and foot orientation for physiotherapists in real-time. We conducted a laboratory study of 40 video consultations, in which postgraduate physiotherapy students assessed lower limb function. We compare assessment with and without SoPhy. Findings show that SoPhy increased the confidence in assessing squats exercise and fewer repetitions were required to assess patients when using SoPhy. We discuss the significance of SoPhy to address the challenges of assessing bodily information over video, and present considerations for its integration with clinical practices and tools.

日本語のまとめ:

理学療法士によるビデオでの遠隔相談において身体動作の細かな評価をすることが困難であることから、体重の分布などをリアルタイムで送信するシステムを提案。従来よりも評価の効率が向上し、療法士の自信を持った評価に貢献。

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