Technologies to improve the participation of stroke patients in their home environment

E.M.G. Willems*, J. Vermeulen, J.C.M. van Haastregt, G.A.R. Zijlstra*

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Purpose To identify possible technological solutions that can contribute to stroke patients' participation at home. Methods In this qualitative case study, data on factors that negatively influenced participation at home were collected via semi-structured interviews with stroke patients (n = 6). Additionally, data on possible technologies to improve this participation were collected via a group interview with experts (n = 4). The domains "cognition, mobility, self-care, and getting along" (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) guided the data collection and interpretation; open, axial and selective coding was part of the analysis. Results Patients reported 21 factors negatively influencing participation at home, including psychological, cognitive, and physical factors. Experts suggested technological solutions regarding these factors to increase participation of stroke patients; digital assistants, apps, and virtual reality were frequently mentioned. To facilitate the use of these technologies, experts indicated the importance of involving patients in their design. They also suggested that rehabilitation specialists and family members could support the uptake and use of technologies. Conclusions Various technologies were identified by experts as having the potential to improve the participation of stroke patients in their homes. Future research may study the influence of these technologies on the actual participation of stroke patients at home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7116-7126
Number of pages11
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number23
Early online date1 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2022


  • Stroke
  • technology
  • participation
  • home
  • qualitative research

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