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A survey on what Australian’s with upper limb difference want in a prosthesis: justification for using soft robotics and additive manufacturing for customized prosthetic hands

Stephens-Fripp, B, Walker, J, Goddard, E ORCID: 0000-0002-4801-4183 and Alici, G 2019 , 'A survey on what Australian’s with upper limb difference want in a prosthesis: justification for using soft robotics and additive manufacturing for customized prosthetic hands' , Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, no. 11 Mar , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1580777.

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Abstract

Purpose: Upper limb prostheses are part of a rapidly changing market place. Despite development in device design, surveys report low levels of uptake and dissatisfaction with current prosthetic design. In this study, we present the results of a survey conducted with people with upper limb difference in Australia on their use of current prostheses and preferences in a prosthetic in order to inform future prosthetic hand design. Methods: An online survey was conducted on upper limb amputees, with 27 respondents that completed the survey. The survey was a mixture of open-ended questions, ranking design features and quantitative questions on problems experienced and desired attributes of future prosthesis designs. Results: Common key issues and concerns were isolated in the survey related to the weight, manipulation and dexterity, aesthetics, sensory feedback and financial cost; each of which could be addressed by additive manufacturing and soft robotics techniques. Conclusions: The adaptability of additive manufacturing and soft robotics to the highlighted concerns of participants shows that further research into these techniques is a feasible method to improve patient satisfaction and acceptance in prosthetic hands.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stephens-Fripp, B and Walker, J and Goddard, E and Alici, G
Keywords: prosthetics, user engagement, soft robotics, additive manufacturing
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN: 1748-3115
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1580777
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Copyright 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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