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Using rhythm for rehabilitation: the acceptability of a novel haptic cueing device in extended stroke rehabilitation

Josephine Wendy Tetley (Department of Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Simon Holland (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Sue Caton (Manchester Metropolitan University–Brooks Building, Manchester, UK)
Glenis Donaldson (Manchester Metropolitan University–Brooks Building, Manchester, UK)
Theodoros Georgiou (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK)
Federico Visi (Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden)
Rachel Christina Stockley (University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

Journal of Enabling Technologies

ISSN: 2398-6263

Article publication date: 23 August 2022

Issue publication date: 21 November 2022




Restoration of walking ability is a key goal to both stroke survivors and their therapists. However, the intensity and duration of rehabilitation available after stroke can be limited by service constraints, despite the potential for improvement which could reduce health service demands in the long run. The purpose of this paper is to present qualitative findings from a study that explored the acceptability of a haptic device aimed at improving walking as part of an extended intervention in stroke rehabilitation.


Pre-trial focus groups and post-trial interviews to assess the acceptability of Haptic Bracelets were undertaken with seven stroke survivors.


Five themes were identified as impacting on the acceptability of the Haptic Bracelet: potential for improving quality of life; relationships with technology; important features; concerns; response to trial and concentration. Participants were interested in the haptic bracelet and hoped it would provide them with more confidence making them: feel safer when walking; have greater ability to take bigger strides rather than little steps; a way to combat mistakes participants reported making due to tiredness and reduced pain in knees and hips.


Haptic Bracelets are an innovative development in the field of rhythmic cueing and stroke rehabilitation. The haptic bracelets also overcome problems encountered with established audio-based cueing, as their use is not affected by external environmental noise.

Peer review

The peer review history for this article is available at: 10.1108/JET-01-2021-0003



Funding: This research was funded by Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network more specifically GM AHSN Technology Innovation Challenge Award (Assistive technology).


Tetley, J.W., Holland, S., Caton, S., Donaldson, G., Georgiou, T., Visi, F. and Stockley, R.C. (2022), "Using rhythm for rehabilitation: the acceptability of a novel haptic cueing device in extended stroke rehabilitation", Journal of Enabling Technologies, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 290-301.



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