Brain4Train project was presented on 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 21-25 July 2018, Orlando, USA. http://www.ahfe2018.org/ The conference objective is to provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of human factors and ergonomics.
During the Conference two papers were presented that describe Brain4Train results:
· “Educational needs in neurological rehabilitation – “Brain4Train survey outcomes from European countries” (Authors: J. Bartnicka., C. Herrera, R. Portilla, A. Zietkiewicz, K. Mleczko, E. Pavan, E. Varela-Donoso, D. Garrido)
The aim of this paper is to present the first outcomes of an international project titled “Development of innovative Training contents based on the applicability of Virtual Reality in the field of Stroke Rehabilitation”. Particularly two aspects were described: (1) recognition of educational needs of medics who support neurological patients in their rehabilitation process, (2) the concept of structure and contents of an e-learning course about this topic.
The methodology was based on a questionnaire that was spread among professionals within European countries and, then, on focus group panels deepening selected results obtained in the survey. The questionnaire included 7 categories and 24 questions in total, covering the key training needs in as the field of using virtual reality tools and biomechanical technologies in post-stroke rehabilitation. The major findings of the research allowed describing the subjects of four training modules and learning sessions that were the groundwork for preparing cross-sectional matrix of competencies, skills and knowledge for innovative technology-based post-stroke rehabilitation.
· “The role of Virtual Reality and Biomechanical Technologies in Stroke Rehabilitation” (Authors: J. Bartnicka, C. Herrera, R. Michnik, E. E. Pavan, P. Vercesi, E. Varela-Donoso)
The aim of this paper is to present a spectrum of virtual reality and biomechanical technologies that can be potentially used in supporting the rehabilitation of people after stroke, in both clinical and home conditions. The methodology was based on a systematic review of up-to-date, published research works available in Elsevier Science Direct database including peer-reviewed journal articles. As a result, trends, possible promising solutions and gaps in the area of innovative rehabilitation tools for post-stroke patients were recognized and discussed. Particularly, the new knowledge and good practices focused on the applicability of biomechanical systems and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in stroke treatment were searched, which is the subject of an educational and international Erasmus+ project entitled “Development of innovative training contents based on the applicability of virtual reality in the field of stroke rehabilitation- Brain4Train”. The training content, which is one of the project outcomes, will be provided to all interested professionals engaged in post-stroke patients’ rehabilitation, in order to make them capable to develop customized rehabilitation programs based on techno-innovative rehabilitation models.
These two papers were published within Springer: Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences: