Wearables beyond borders: A case study of barriers to gait assessment in low-resource settings

Godfrey, Alan, Aranda, C., Hussain, A., Barreto, M., Rocha, T. and Vitório, R. (2020) Wearables beyond borders: A case study of barriers to gait assessment in low-resource settings. Maturitas, 137. pp. 7-10. ISSN 0378-5122

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.04.013


Currently, there are major EU-based projects to better utilise wearables as useful diagnostic aids/tools in clinical settings as well for deployment in the home to capture ageing processes. To date, there has been little investigation of the translation of those tools beyond the geographical regions in which they were developed and implemented. Our objective was to examine pragmatic issues and challenges in the use of wearables in a diverse low-resource, middle-income country like Brazil. We found barriers to their understanding and adoption converge on three themes: (i) regional inequalities; (ii) knowledge and resources; and (iii) trust. Current large-scale projects should consider the scalability and implementation of their methods, given those themes, facilitating a stratified and global approach to healthy ageing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inertial sensors, Informatics, Low-resource, Objective assessment
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
G400 Computer Science
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 09:08
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43136

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