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Quality-of-Life Technology for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Cooper, RA and Cooper, R (2010) Quality-of-Life Technology for People with Spinal Cord Injuries. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 21 (1). 1 - 13. ISSN 1047-9651

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Technology plays a critical role in promoting well-being, activity, and participation for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). As technology has improved, so has the realm of possibilities open to people with SCI. School, work, travel, and leisure activities are all facilitated by technology. Advances in materials have made wheelchairs lighter, and developments in design have made wheelchairs that fit individual needs. Software has made computer interfaces adaptive and in some case intelligent, through learning the user's behavior and optimizing its structure. As participatory action design and aware systems take greater hold, transformational change is likely to take place in the technology available to people with SCI.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 February 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume: 21
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 13
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.pmr.2009.07.004
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1047-9651
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: Activities of Daily Living; Biomechanics; Forecasting; Human Engineering; Humans; Motor Vehicles; Quality of Life; Self-Help Devices; Spinal Cord Injuries--physiopathology; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation; Sports Equipment; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 19951774
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 18:53
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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