Invitation to Ph.D. Defense

You are invited to Ph.D. Defense by Mohammad Reza Naeemabadi, who will defend his thesis entitled: “Telerehabilitation program for the patients after Total Knee Replacement” Thursday 14 January 2021 at 13.00.

Please note that the Ph.D. Defense is online via ZOOM. If you wish to attend, please send an email to Laura Kirstine Krøgh, no later than Thursday 11 January 2021 at 12.00. You will then receive a link a few days before the defense.

Read more about the defense here.

New publication on Predictors of Walking Activity in Patients With Systolic Heart Failure Equipped With a Step Counter

We have just published a new paper from the Future Patient – telerehabilitation of Heart Failure Patients trial:

Predictors of Walking Activity in Patients With Systolic Heart Failure Equipped With a Step Counter: Randomized Controlled Trial by Josefine Dam Gade et al.

Results: A higher walking activity was associated with younger age, lower New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification, and higher ejection fraction (EF). There was a statistically significant correlation between the number of daily steps and NYHA classification at baseline (P=.01), between the increase in daily steps and EF at baseline (P<.001), and between the increase in daily steps and improvement in EF (P=.005). The patients’ demographic, clinical, and activity data could predict 81% of the variation in daily steps.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated an association between demographic, clinical, and activity data for patients with HF that could predict daily steps. A step counter can thus be a useful tool to help patients monitor their own physical activity.

See published paper here.

New publication: Use of Orihime

Collaboration between master students in Clinical Science and Technology, AAU, Aalborg Municipality & Ory Lab, Japan:

The telepresence avatar robot OriHime as a communication tool for adults with acquired brain injury: an ethnographic case study

Orihime

We conducted an exploratory ethnographic case study, applying the framework ‘community of practice.’ The intervention consisted of sessions where ABI patients at home interacted with a member from Aalborg Rehabilitation Club using OriHime. Data collection consisted of documentary materials, participant observations and semi-structured interviews.

Findings: The patients at home found nonverbal communication valuable, while the members at the rehabilitation center felt that OriHime lacked human features and preferred direct verbal communication. The technology facilitated a feeling of being a part of a community of practice between the participants, and it motivated the patients at home to participate in the rehabilitating activities at the center.

Reference: Vikkelsø, S., Hoang, T-H., Carrara, F., Hansen, K. D., & Dinesen, B. (2020). The telepresence avatar robot OriHime as a communication tool for adults with acquired brain injury: an ethnographic case study. Intelligent Service Robotics.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11370-020-00335-6

Online presentation at conference in Taiwan

Today professor Birthe Dinesen had an online presentation on “Telehealth Innovation in Denmark in the Era of Covid-19” at the EU Investment Forum within BIO-Tech/Healthcare in Taiwan. There were many questions about how we do telehealth in clinical practice in Denmark, and Taiwan will like to learn from the Danish experiences.

Virtual PhD boat trip

The Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) & CITRIS, UC Berkeley Summer Institute is having the 4th international PhD course these days. This year it is virtual due to the Covid-19 situation.

Today I have given a lecture on Social Robots & AI and we have had good discussions. We have 28 participants from the USA, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Denmark. Every year we have a tradition on taking a boat tour during the PhD course – this year it is a virtual boat trip.

virtual boat trip

Next year the TTRN & Citris UC Berkeley Summer Institute will be held at Aalborg University.