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Development and testing of new upper-limb prosthetic devices: Research designs for usability testing

Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, OCS


Figure 1. Development cycle of prostheses, from research through daily use (black). International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health components of assessment for prostheses and their location within development cycle (gray). Adapted from Hill W, Stavdahl O, Hermansson LN, Kyberd P, Swanson S, Hubbard S. Functional out-comes in the WHO-ICF model: Establishment of the Upper Limb Prosthetic Outcome Measures Group. J Prosthet Orthot. 2009;21(2): 115???19. DOI: 10.1097/JPO.0b013e3181a1d2dc

This article defines and reviews key aspects of usability testing research for new devices, focusing on their relevance to upper-limb prostheses. The article discusses the importance of patient and clinician involvement in device development research and describes approaches and designs for usability testing, the sample size needed, and use of outcome measures. Finally, the article compares usability testing to other types of study designs used in prosthetics research.

Volume 48 Number 6, 2011
   Pages 697 — 706


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Resnik L. Development and testing of new upper-limb prosthetic devices: Research designs for usability testing.
J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(6):697-706.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.03.0050
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