Authors: Aung Pyae, Tan Boon Yuen, Mark Gossage
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Rehabilitation plays important role in stroke therapy. Digital games show promise in helping stroke patients recover from movements of the impaired upper and lower limbs. However, most of them are not well-designed for stroke patients.
In this study, we aimed at designing interactive rehabilitative games for stroke patients addressing their needs and problems by practicing User-Centered Design (UCD) method. Our initial user study showed that motivation is a key element in stroke rehabilitation. Based on the findings from the interview and observational studies, we developed the paper- based prototypes.
We conducted early prototype evaluation with the stroke patients and therapists. The feedback from the stroke patients and the therapists were insightful and helpful for future implementation. In this study, we presented our findings from user studies, ideation and lessons learnt from user feedback session.
Keywords: rehabilitation, digital games, user-centered design (UCD), human-computer interaction, user requirements