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A Systematic Multidisciplinary Process for User Engagement and Sensor Evaluation: Development of a Digital Toolkit for Assessment of Movement in Children With Cerebral Palsy

  • Kent, Lisa1
  • Cleland, Ian2
  • Saunders, Catherine2
  • Ennis, Andrew2
  • Finney, Laura3
  • Kerr, Claire1
  • 1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast , (United Kingdom)
  • 2 School of Computing, Ulster University, Newtownabbey , (United Kingdom)
  • 3 Sunrise Medical, Lisburn , (United Kingdom)
Published Article
Frontiers in Digital Health
Frontiers Media S.A.
Publication Date
Jun 24, 2021
DOI: 10.3389/fdgth.2021.692112
  • Digital Health
  • Original Research


Objectives: To describe and critique a systematic multidisciplinary approach to user engagement, and selection and evaluation of sensor technologies for development of a sensor-based Digital Toolkit for assessment of movement in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: A sequential process was employed comprising three steps: Step 1: define user requirements, by identifying domains of interest; Step 2: map domains of interest to potential sensor technologies; and Step 3: evaluate and select appropriate sensors to be incorporated into the Digital Toolkit. The process employed a combination of principles from frameworks based in either healthcare or technology design. Results: A broad range of domains were ranked as important by clinicians, patients and families, and industry users. These directly informed the device selection and evaluation process that resulted in three sensor-based technologies being agreed for inclusion in the Digital Toolkit, for use in a future research study. Conclusion: This report demonstrates a systematic approach to user engagement and device selection and evaluation during the development of a sensor-based solution to a healthcare problem. It also provides a narrative on the benefits of employing a multidisciplinary approach throughout the process. This work uses previous frameworks for evaluating sensor technologies and expands on the methods used for user engagement.

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