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User and clinician perspectives on DEKA Arm: Results of VA study to optimize DEKA Arm

Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, et al.

This article summarizes feedback from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) subjects and clinicians gathered during the VA optimization study of a new advanced upper-limb prosthesis, the DEKA Arm. VA subjects and clinicians tested two successive DEKA Arm prototypes, the second-generation (gen 2) and the third-generation (gen 3). Features of the prototypes for users with three levels of arm amputation (transradial, transhumeral, and shoulder disarticulation) are described. Feedback was analyzed on weight, appearance, hand grips, powered joints (wrist, elbow, shoulder, and end-point control), foot controls, battery systems, user notifications systems, and socket features. Final feedback about the refined gen 3 prototype was generally positive, particularly regarding improvements in wrist design, visual notifications, foot controls, end-point control, and appearance. Additional refinements to make the device lighter in weight and eliminate external wires and cables and the external battery may further enhance its perceived usability and acceptability.

Volume 51 Number 1, 2014
   Pages 27 — 38

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Resnik L, Klinger SL, Etter K. User and clinician perspectives on DEKA Arm: Results of VA study to optimize DEKA Arm. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(1):27–38.

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