To explore patients' perspective of using the Nintendo Wii as a rehabilitation tool for improving motor function in the upper limb following a stroke.
(2014) To explore patients' perspective of using the Nintendo Wii as a rehabilitation tool for improving motor function in the upper limb following a stroke., no. 65.
Stroke is one of the leading health problems in the United Kingdom. One of the aspects of stroke that people find most debilitating is the loss of function in their upper limb. This can be frustrating as independence is something that everyone wishes to hold onto for as long as possible. Conventional therapy has worked for many years; however, a new concept has been recently introduced. The Nintendo Wii is a games console that is movement based. The player holds onto the remote and the actions are replicated on the screen when playing games. This is becoming more widely used in rehabilitation for people who suffer from upper limb dysfunction. Many quantitative studies have been conducted in order to find out whether or not the Nintendo Wii has an effect on improving upper limb function. Although that is an important aspect of the device to research, nobody has yet asked what the users of the console think. Therefore, this qualitative study seeks to explore the patients' perspective of using the Nintendo Wii for rehabilitation purposes. Through the use of semi-structured interviews, 20 participants will give their opinion on how effective and enjoyable they think the Nintendo Wii is. Thematic analysis will be used to uncover the perspectives of the users of the Nintendo Wii and it is expected that further research with be conducted in order to further establish the use of the Nintendo Wii in a rehabilitation setting.