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Comparison of body-powered voluntary opening and voluntary closing prehensor for activities of daily life

Kelsey Berning, et al.

The majority of veterans with an upper-limb amputation use body-powered prostheses rather than myoelectric prostheses. Body-powered prehensors may be controlled by either voluntarily opening or closing the device. This study examined differences in performance between the two categories. The study found that voluntary closing devices are faster across tasks and preferred for some tasks, whereas voluntary opening devices are preferred for others. These results will help clinicians prescribe the most appropriate device for veterans, allow occupational therapists to recommend when veterans should switch between devices for specific tasks, and provide parameters that enable engineers to design devices that can switch between modes.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.05.0123

Volume 51 Number 2, 2014
   Pages 253 — 262


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Berning K, Cohick S, Johnson R, Miller LA, Sensinger JW. Comparison of body-powered voluntary opening and voluntary closing prehensor for activities of daily life. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(2):253–62.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.05.0123
ResearcherID/ORCID: Sarah Cohick: C-4401-2014; Reva Johnson, MS: C-4406-2014; Jonathon W. Sensinger, PhD: C-5012-2014
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