Principal Investigators: Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall & Dr Cheryl Metcalf
Project Team: Dr Paul Chappell, Dr Andy Cranny
Students: Tara Sims, Tom Redman & Kelly Hull
Project Collaborator: Professor Aaron Dollar, Yale University, USA
Date: 2011 - present
There is a high rejection rate in the use of prosthetic devices for children, particularly in the upper limb. There are many reasons for this including appearance, weight, functionality and durability. Currently there are commercial prostheses, however these have been designed as smaller versions of the manufacturer's adult prostheses.
The objective of this project was to investigate the views of the child with regard to their prostheses and to provide an insight into the potential improvements that could be made to existing designs to make them more acceptable to children.
This project will run a series of focus groups with children to analyse the experiences and views of children regarding their upper limb prostheses. As a sub-project, we are collaborating with Prof. Aaron Dollar from Yale University (USA) to develop a taxonomy of the most prevalent grip postures used by children.
Sims, T., Donovan-Hall, M. and Metcalf, C.D., 2012. Exploring the Views of Children, Parents and Clinicians to Inform the Design of Future Prosthetic Devices. ISPO 2013 World Congress. Hyderabad: India. 4 - 7 February.
Sims, T., Donovan-Hall, M. and Metcalf, C.D., 2012. Involving children and parents in the development of upper limb prostheses. ISPO UK MS 40th Anniversary Meeting. Sheffield: UK. 27 - 28 September.
Sims, T., Donovan-Hall, M. and Metcalf, C. D., 2012. Exploring the Views of Children and Young People to Inform the Design of Future Prosthetic Devices. TIPS (Trent International Prosthetics Symposium). Loughborough: UK. 21 - 23 May.
Sims, T., Donovan-Hall, M. and Metcalf, C. D., 2012. Involving children and young people in the development of upper limb prostheses. College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition. Glasgow: UK. 12 - 14 June.B
Redman, T., Sims, T., Chappell, P.H., Donovan-Hall, M., Cranny, A., Metcalf, C.D. and White, N.M., 2011. The Design of a Myoelectrically Controlled Hand with Multiple Actuators for Five-Year Old Children. Myoelectric Controls Symposium (MEC): Raising The Standard. New Brunswick: Canada. 14 - 19 August. 83 - 86.
Sims, T., Donovan-Hall, M. and Metcalf, C. D. 2011. Involving Children and Young People in the Development of Upper Limb Prostheses. International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). Australia Annual Scientific Meeting: Psychosocial Impact of Disability and Limb Loss. Sydney: Australia. 3 - 5 November. 48 - 49.