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A pilot study of children and parents experiences of the use of a new assistive device: the electro suit Mollii
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7812-321x
2019 (English)In: Assistive technology, ISSN 1040-0435, E-ISSN 1949-3614Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Electrical stimulation has been used for many years to treat spasticity in children with cerebral palsy and some improvements have been noted. Building on the benefits of electrical stimulation, a new assistive device, a suit with imbedded electrodes designed to reduce spasticity through electrical stimulation of the antagonistic muscles, has been tested.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe experiences from children with cerebral palsy and their parents regarding the use of the suit. Methods: Individual interviews were conducted with six children 5 to 10 years of age and their parents. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using a qualitative content analysis. Results: The analysis resulted in three themes: (1) the suit’s impact on image, (2) changes that make a difference and (3) dealing with a desire for change. Each of the themes included subthemes. Conclusion: All children reported some impact on their body and self and/or in some activities after the use of the suit. The parents also saw improvements during the trial period. However, the results are inconclusive and a larger study is needed to determine if the suit is useful from a longer perspective and whether it can affect activity and participation in daily activities for children with spasticity.

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2019.
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children with CP, assistive device, electrical stimulation, qualitative research
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Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy
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Physiotherapy; Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73499DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2019.1579267PubMedID: 30945989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73499DiVA, id: diva2:1303024
Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-04-08

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