Stroke is a major threat to self-dependence since it often affects the upper limbs, which are essential to perform a majority of daily life activities. Furthermore, stroke is a disease with a high incidence and the estimated annual care costs of stroke are enormous. With the aging of society both the incidence and costs will further increase. Hence, improvement of rehabilitation strategies targeting arm-hand use and functioning is urgently required.
Based on the extensive experience within this consortium, Erasmus MC, Rijndam Revalidation and 2M Engineering will develop a novel activity tracker that stimulates people with stroke to use the hand more frequently and intensively in order to improve hand skills.
This project will result in a more optimal and efficient treatment of a large group of stroke patients, thereby reducing costs and improving patients’ independency, self-management, vitality and quality of life.