Research in Rehabilitation ‐ Oral Presentations (90) ‐ Tools, September 7, 2021, 14:30 ‐ 16:00 Afferent Efferent Neural Feedback Loop Closure via Digital Technology (Re)habilitation

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A mix'n'match (re)habilitation system supplementing traditional therapeutic intervention (i.e. supporting the healthcare professional) as a part of a treatment programme was realised. The method and apparatus originated in the 1990s (Brooks, 1999, 2005, 2010, 2011...), including field studies with numerous therapists testing across patients with wide range of diagnosis, which subsequently led to adoption and uptake. Researches in Denmark include a six‐year project funded by the government at The Centre for Rehabilitation for Brain Injury, Copenhagen during which a top international award was received by the speaker. The speaker was also awarded the top Danish Vanførefonden 2006 prize for the research.
The concept focuses upon achieving Afferent Efferent Neural Feedback Loop Closure as a (re)habilitation intervention strategy utilising directly interactive multimedia. This is targeted using digital technology interface(s) and content that best fit each patient and targeted healthcare outcome. Within the systemic approach increased data collection of the user and facilitator interactions in each session become available ‐ both from system and human perspectives (e.g. selected components/content, incremental challenges tasked, moments of change, responses, experiences, motions, etc.). Such data collection offers information on efficiency and effectiveness of the (designed and conducted) intervention: Assessment follows each session. Systematic evaluation of each session determine the iterative design of the next intervention such that a tailored personalised programme becomes available for each individual aligned to needs, preferences and requirements. Through this, an emergent model has been developed that is freely available for critique and evolution by healthcare professionals (Brooks, 2005/2010).
As well as offering that intervention becomes more fun, playful, enjoyable and sociable (for both patient and facilitator); increased motivation, compliance, and measurable outcome can offer new opportunities within (re)habilitation. The research is ongoing and communication on project consortia partnership collaborations are welcomed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventRehabilitation International World Congress 2021: Moving Societies - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 7 Sep 20219 Sep 2021


ConferenceRehabilitation International World Congress 2021
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