Methods to assess usability and acceptability of technologies for home-based rehabilitation a systematic review

Giuseppina Sgherri, M. Avola, E. Beani, C. Chisari, G. Cioni, G. Sgandurra

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The recent application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for stroke and cerebral palsy rehabilitation has permitted the improvement of home-based therapies. Along with the development of new devices, the need to explore the expectations and perceptions of end-users about the use of ICT for rehabilitation at home has emerged. Usability and acceptability of end-user have been identified as the main parameters able to answer to these specific aspects. Standard definition and guidelines of usability and acceptability arose from literature and have been widely applied in different research contexts. A search was conducted on studies in which ICT had been developed for stroke or cerebral palsy home rehabilitation, and either end-users usability and/or acceptability assessment were performed with different tools. The main aim was to identify the common methodology used to assess these items and how different tools were able to investigate the standard requirements. Twenty-one studies met inclusion criteria. We identified standardised and tailored questionnaires as the most common assessment method applied, followed by interviews. The suggestion of this review is to evaluate end-users perception, through a proper tool, considering individual, device and home environment features. Probably, in the context of home rehabilitation, testing the device directly in the home setting could reduce possible bias related to the environment. The appropriate assessment methodology directly respond to specific questions, defined by standard definitions of usability and acceptability. For this purpose, we introduced a reference plan to address outcome measures, allowing quantitative comparison of users’ opinion about different kinds of technologies for home-based rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-443
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal on Emerging Technologies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Acceptability
  • Cerebral palsy
  • ICT
  • Stroke
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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