Uptake of technology for neurorehabilitation in clinical practice: A scoping review

Alt Murphy, Margit, Pradhan, Sujata, Levin, Mindy F. and Hancock, Nicola J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4850-3152 (2024) Uptake of technology for neurorehabilitation in clinical practice: A scoping review. Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal, 104 (2). ISSN 1538-6724

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Objective. Technology-based interventions offer many opportunities to enhance neurorehabilitation, with associated research activity gathering pace. Despite this fact, translation for use in clinical practice has lagged research innovation. An overview of the current “state of play” regarding the extent of clinical uptake and factors that might influence use of technologies is required. This scoping review explored the uptake of technologies as neurorehabilitation interventions in clinical practice and factors that are reported to influence their uptake. Methods. This systematic scoping review was conducted with narrative synthesis and evidence mapping. Studies of any design reporting uptake or implementation of technology (wearable devices, virtual reality, robotics, and exergaming) for movement neurorehabilitation after stroke and other neurological conditions were sought via a formal search strategy in MEDLINE (Ovid), CINAHL, AMED, and Embase. Full-text screening and data extraction were completed independently by 2 reviewers. Results. Of 609 studies returned, 25 studies were included after title, abstract, and full-text screening. Studies investigated a range of technologies at various stages of development. Only 4 of the included studies explored the sustained use of technology in practice. The following 5 themes representing experiences of technology use emerged: perceived usefulness, technology design, social interaction, integration with services, and suggested improvements to enhance uptake. Conclusion. Reporting of uptake and use of neurorehabilitation technologies in clinical practice is limited. The synthesis provided comprehensive knowledge of barriers to and facilitators of uptake to be considered in future protocols, including a steep learning curve required to engage with technology, a need for a supportive organizational culture, and a need for user involvement in both design and development. Impact. This scoping review has provided indicators from current evidence of important factors to consider in the planning of research into and clinical implementation of technologies for neurorehabilitation. It serves to support an evidence-based, user-centered platform for improved research on and translation of technologies in neurorehabilitation clinical practice.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: We acknowledge Matthew Smith, the faculty librarian at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, for his invaluable support in developing the search strategy for this review. We also acknowledge the INPA for organizing the original webinar that was the starting point for this review, which was chaired by the author M.F.L. and at which the other authors presented (M.A.M., S.P., and N.H.). Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Uncontrolled Keywords: neurological,neurological conditions,rehabilitation,scoping,technology,translation,uptake,medicine(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2023 16:31
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:20
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92877
DOI: 10.1093/ptj/pzad140


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