A systematic review of study results reported for the evaluation of robotic rollators from the perspective of users

Werner, C., Ullrich, P., Geravand, M., Peer, A., Bauer, J. M. and Hauer, K. (2016) A systematic review of study results reported for the evaluation of robotic rollators from the perspective of users. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. ISSN 1748-3107 [In Press] Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/30885

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2016.1278470

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Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness and perception of robotic rollators (RRs) from the perspective of users. Methods: Studies identified in a previous systematic review published on 2016 on the methodology of studies evaluating RRs by the user perspective were re-screened for eligibility based on the following inclusion criteria: evaluation of the human–robot interaction from the user perspective, use of standardized outcome measurements, and quantitative presentation of study results. Results: Seventeen studies were eligible for inclusion. Due to the clinical and methodological heterogeneity across studies, a narrative synthesis of study results was conducted. We found conflicting results concerning the effectiveness of the robotic functionalities of the RRs. Only a few studies reported superior user performance or reduced physical demands with the RRs compared to unassisted conditions or conventional assistive mobility devices; however, without providing statistical evidence. The user perception of the RRs was found to be generally positive. Conclusions: There is still no sufficient evidence on the effectiveness of RRs from the user perspective. More well-designed, high-quality studies with adequate study populations, larger sample sizes, appropriate assessment strategies with outcomes specifically tailored to the robotic functionalities, and statistical analyses of results are required to evaluate RRs at a higher level of evidence.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology on 26th January 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17483107.2016.1278470.
Uncontrolled Keywords:assistive technology, mobility, robotics, walkers, systematic review, evaluation studies, human–robot interaction
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:30885
Deposited By: Professor A. Peer
Deposited On:03 Feb 2017 16:13
Last Modified:02 Mar 2017 17:20

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