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Functional priorities, assistive technology, and braincomputer interfaces after spinal cord injury

Jennifer L. Collinger, PhD, et al.

Figure 1. Percentage of participants with tetraplegia or paraplegia who report requiring assistance or supervision to complete activities of daily living..

It is important to involve consumers in the design process as new assistive technologies are developed, with the goal of improving function for individuals with disabilities. Veterans with spinal cord injury reported that restoration of bladder and bowel control, walking, and arm and hand function were important for improving quality of life. Many were unfamiliar with some currently available assistive technologies. The majority of study participants were interested in using a brain-computer interface (BCI), which uses brain signals to control assistive devices. In particular, they wanted to control a BCI to stimulate their own muscles to improve the mentioned functions.

Volume 50 Number 2, 2013
   Pages 145 — 160

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Collinger JL, Boninger ML, Bruns TM, Curley K, Wang W, Weber DJ. Functional priorities, assistive technology, and brain-computer interfaces after spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(2):145–60.

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