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dc.contributor.advisorRebola, Claudia B.
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Ceara Ann
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-20T13:25:37Z
dc.date.available2013-09-20T13:25:37Z
dc.date.created2013-08
dc.date.issued2013-06-24
dc.date.submittedAugust 2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/49047
dc.description.abstractThe occurrence of total knee replacements is increasing in the United States for persons over the age of 45 because they are inexpensive and a very effective method for treating degenerative joint diseases. Rehabilitation requires regular access to a wide variety of resources and personnel and, as the demand for post-operative, rehabilitative care increases, the ability to marginally relieve the healthcare system by offloading resources to the patient is necessary. Tools to enable tracking a patient’s rehabilitative progress at home are an essential method to help unload the healthcare system. The purpose of this project is to design and develop a wearable home rehabilitation device for knee replacement. This thesis utilizes design ethnography tools such as expert interviews, rehabilitation observation, a participatory design workshop, iterative development, and an idea feedback study. Leveraging advancements in technology and the field of eTextiles, this study investigates the product feasibility and acceptance of discreet on-body sensors to provide a product that enables patients to better perform rehabilitation on their own, but also to allow for a feedback loop for physicians and therapists to view patient progress.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technology
dc.subjectRehabilitation
dc.subjecteTextiles
dc.subjectWearable
dc.subjectTechnology
dc.subjectOlder adults
dc.subject.lcshRehabilitation Research
dc.subject.lcshMedical rehabilitation
dc.subject.lcshWearable computers
dc.subject.lcshOlder people
dc.titleDesign of an e-Textile sleeve for tracking knee rehabilitation for older adults
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeM.S.
dc.contributor.departmentIndustrial Design
thesis.degree.levelMasters
dc.contributor.committeeMemberZeagler, Charles
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVela, Patricio
dc.date.updated2013-09-20T13:25:37Z


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