Moving Technology to Clinical Practice: Sensors and Real-World Activity Assessment
Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Co-Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: PD-2B-4512
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon D
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
People often seek out physical therapy because they want to be able to function better in their daily lives. As clinicians, we often assess their function over short periods of time and/or in the structured environment of the clinic. This common practice, while efficient, does not capture their function across longer periods of time in the unstructured, natural environment where they live.As sensor technology has advanced and proliferated, numerous options for activity assessment across days, weeks, and months have become available. Some of these options have been created for research purposes, while others have been created for widespread use by the general population. In this session, the speakers will discuss: why it is important to measure activity outside the clinic; what is being measured and how it reflects (or doesn't) traditional clinical measures; and the different options for sensor-based assessment (eg, research wearables, commercial wearables, smartphone apps). The presenters will summarize current research and highlight what clinicians can use now. Attendees will hear examples from upper extremity use and leg movements/gait in pediatric and adult populations with and without neurologic diagnoses.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe at least 1 type of sensor-based assessment, as well as the construct being measured and specific units of measure.
2. Explain 1 key difference between research and commercial sensors.
3. Identify at least 1 sensor-based assessment that a clinician could start using today.
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