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Support System to Improve Reading Activity in Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Patients



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Parrales Bravo, Franklin and Barrio García, Alberto Antonio del and Gallego de la Sacristana, Mercedes and López Manzanares, Lydia and Vivancos, José and Ayala Rodrigo, José Luis (2017) Support System to Improve Reading Activity in Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Patients. Sensors, 17 (5). p. 1006. ISSN 1424-8220

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/s17051006


The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the quality of life of people with chronic and degenerative diseases is a topic receiving much attention nowadays. We can observe that new technologies have driven numerous scientific projects in e-Health, encompassing Smart and Mobile Health, in order to address all the matters related to data processing and health. Our work focuses on helping to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Essential Tremor (ET) by means of a low-cost platform that enables them to read books in an easy manner. Our system is composed of two robotic arms and a graphical interface developed for Android platforms. After several tests, our proposal has achieved a 96.5% accuracy for A4 80 gr non-glossy paper. Moreover, our system has outperformed the state-of-the-art platforms considering different types of paper and inclined surfaces. The feedback from ET and PD patients was collected at “La Princesa” University Hospital in Madrid and was used to study the user experience. Several features such as ease of use, speed, correct behavior or confidence were measured via patient feedback, and a high level of satisfaction was awarded to most of them. According to the patients, our system is a promising tool for facilitating the activity of reading.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Parkinsons disease; essential tremor; e-health; user experience
Subjects:Sciences > Computer science
Sciences > Computer science > Telecommunication
Medical sciences > Medicine > Neurosciences
ID Code:67715
Deposited On:08 Sep 2021 15:35
Last Modified:08 Sep 2021 15:35

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