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    Scientific Approaches to Outcome Measurement for Basic to Advanced Upper Limb Prostheses


    10/7/19 | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM time


    Jacqueline Hebert, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)

    Jon Sensinger, University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada)

    Main Conference Room, Exhibition Hall 2
    Session Chair

    Jacqueline Hebert



    Outcome measures are essential for understanding the impact of treatment interventions, however clinicians face difficulties in choosing the most relevant metrics to administer. Furthermore, existing metrics are limited in the ability to detect important changes in upper limb prosthesis performance related to advancements in myoelectric control, multi-function grasp patterns, and novel mechanisms of sensory feedback. As part of the DARPA HAPTIX Program, our team created scientifically-founded novel metrics that were targeted towards advanced sensory-motor-integrated prostheses yet are applicable to current standard-of-care prostheses. The metrics are flexible to account for numerous systems approaches, sensitive to system performance, and reflective of requirements for quantifying different control and feedback strategies.

    This symposium will: 1) review available upper limb metrics in use in the field, including strengths and limitations; 2) introduce novel scientifically based metrics designed for the assessment of advanced upper limb sensory-motor function that have been validated and tested in prosthesis user populations; 3) discuss the potential advantages and disadvantages of the mechanistic scientifically-based approaches to upper limb functional measurement in comparison to existing metrics. The material presented will stimulate inter-disciplinary discussion on evaluation strategies that can best inform design, implementation, and clinical translation of prosthesis technology. By the end of the symposium, the attendees will have an appreciation of how a fundamental mechanistic approach to outcome evaluation can span the range from basic to advanced prosthesis options, and offer clarity and insight to increasingly complex prosthetic systems.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    The goal of this workshop is to share new methodologies for assessing upper limb prosthesis function that accommodate recent advances, and reflect on where these metrics fit with exiting options for upper limb prosthesis evaluation.

    This session focuses on the topic Outcome Measurements.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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