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Volume 49 Number 2, 2012
   Pages 265 — 278

Abstract — Exploratory study of perceived quality of life with implanted standing neuroprostheses

Loretta M. Rohde, PT, DPT;1* Bette R. Bonder, PhD, OTR/L;2 Ronald J. Triolo, PhD1,3

1Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; and Department of Orthopaedics, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; 2College of Sciences and Health Professions, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH; 3Departments of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve ??University, Cleveland, OH

Abstract–Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) need options for negotiating architectural barriers, completing essential transfers, and accessing items on high shelves or in cupboards that cannot be reached from the wheelchair or safely managed with reachers. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have developed an assistive technology device to assist individuals with SCI to stand and transfer. The 8-channel implanted CWRU-VA system enables persons with SCI to exercise, stand, and maneuver in the vicinity of their wheelchairs. Interventions that decrease barriers to mobility and participation can have a significant effect on an individual–s perceived quality of life (QOL). This study uses a qualitative research methodology comprised of a series of semi-structured interviews to determine the effects on perceived QOL of an implanted 8-channel functional electrical stimulation (FES) system for standing after SCI. The results reveal that individuals with SCI currently using an implanted FES standing system perceived significant improvements in QOL related to the neuroprosthesis. Implanted neuroprostheses for standing have the potential to improve QOL for veterans living with SCI.

Clinical Trial Registration:; NCT00004445, "Study of an implantable functional neuromuscular stimulation system for patients with spinal cord injuries";

Key words: Department of Veterans Affairs, functional electrical stimulation, mobility, neuroprosthesis, paralysis, qualitative, quality of life, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, standing.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Rohde LM, Bonder BR, Triolo RJ. Exploratory study of perceived quality of life with implanted standing neuroprostheses. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(2):265–78.

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