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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:6393-6. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6611017.

Development of a network system combined with ambulatory and non-conscious physiological measurements for supporting challenged kids -A new proposal of a gait monitoring system for use in rehabilitation.


Various physiological measurement techniques have been developed to support healthcare and daily living of adult including elderly. However, in light of the rapid growth of the declining birth rate, promotion in care and life support for children are not enough. Especially in rehabilitation for disabled children, i.e., challenged kids, it is important for therapist to evaluate the efficacy of rehabilitation and the health condition. Share of these information with educational, welfare, and government institutions are also needed for accurate life support. Therefore, the quantitative data of the activities and daily health status are helpful. From these viewpoints, we are developing a new network system for monitoring the activities and the health status of children using ambulatory and non-conscious physiological measurements as well as data browse at anytime and anywhere. Firstly, we propose a wearable gait monitoring system to support evaluation for the efficacy of rehabilitation. In this study, the present system can successfully detect the characteristics of postural changes in children with disorder of movement, demonstrating its usefulness and availability to the evaluation for the effect of the brace attached to the subject's lower limb.

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