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Supporting Everyday Function in Chronic Pain Using Wearable Technology

Singh, A; Berthouze-Bianchi, NL; Williams, A; (2017) Supporting Everyday Function in Chronic Pain Using Wearable Technology. In: (Proceedings) CHI 2017: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. pp. 3903-3915). Association for Computer Machinery (ACM): New York. Green open access

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Abstract

While most rehabilitation technologies target situated exercise sessions and associated performance metrics, physiotherapists recommend physical activities that are integrated with everyday functioning. We conducted a 1-2 week home study to explore how people with chronic pain use wearable technology that senses and sonifies movement (i.e., movement mapped to sound in real-time) to do functional activity (e.g., loading the dishwasher). Our results show that real-time movement sonification led to an increased sense of control during challenging everyday tasks. Sonification calibrated to functional activity facilitated application of pain management techniques such as pacing. When calibrated to individual psychological needs, sonification enabled serendipitous discovery of physical capabilities otherwise obscured by a focus on pain or a dysfunctional proprioceptive system. A physiotherapist was invited to comment on the implications of our findings. We conclude by discussing opportunities provided by wearable sensing technology to enable better functioning, the ultimate goal of physical rehabilitation.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Supporting Everyday Function in Chronic Pain Using Wearable Technology
Event: CHI 2017: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
Dates: 05 May 2017 - 11 May 2017
ISBN-13: 9781450346559
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025947
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License.
Keywords: Everyday function; wearables; chronic pain; sonification; feedback; home rehabilitation; ubiquitous technology; H.5.m. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Miscellaneous
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1534672
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