A Systematic Multidisciplinary Process for User Engagement and Sensor Evaluation: Development of a Digital Toolkit for Assessment of Movement in Children With Cerebral Palsy

Lisa Kent, Ian Cleland, Catherine Saunders, Andrew Ennis, Laura Finney, Claire Kerr*

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To describe and critique a systematic multidisciplinary approach to user engagement, and selection and evaluation of sensor technologies for development of a sensor-based Digital Toolkit for assessment of movement in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: A sequential process was employed comprising three steps: Step 1: define user requirements, by identifying domains of interest; Step 2: map domains of interest to potential sensor technologies; and Step 3: evaluate and select appropriate sensors to be incorporated into the Digital Toolkit. The process employed a combination of principles from frameworks based in either healthcare or technology design. Results: A broad range of domains were ranked as important by clinicians, patients and families, and industry users. These directly informed the device selection and evaluation process that resulted in three sensor-based technologies being agreed for inclusion in the Digital Toolkit, for use in a future research study. Conclusion: This report demonstrates a systematic approach to user engagement and device selection and evaluation during the development of a sensor-based solution to a healthcare problem. It also provides a narrative on the benefits of employing a multidisciplinary approach throughout the process. This work uses previous frameworks for evaluating sensor technologies and expands on the methods used for user engagement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number692112
    Number of pages14
    JournalFrontiers in Digital Health
    Volume3
    Early online date24 Jun 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusEarly online date - 24 Jun 2021

    Keywords

    • Digital Health
    • cerebral palsy
    • sensor technologies
    • user engagement
    • movement
    • multidiscipinary approach

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