Architecture guideline for game-based stroke rehabilitation

Mehran Kamkarhaghighi (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada)
Pejman Mirza-Babaei (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada)
Khalil El-Khatib (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada)
Kathrin M. Gerling (University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5945

Publication date: 6 April 2017



Strokes are the most common cause of long-term disability of adults in developed countries. Continuous participation in rehabilitation can alleviate some of the consequences, and support recovery of stroke patients. However, physical rehabilitation requires commitment to tedious exercise routines over lengthy periods of time, which often cause patients to dropout of this form of therapy. In this context, game-based stroke rehabilitation has the potential to address two important barriers: accessibility of rehabilitation, and patient motivation. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


This paper provides a review of design efforts in human-computer interaction (HCI) and gaming research to support stroke rehabilitation.


Based on extensive review, this paper highlights challenges and opportunities in this area, and discusses an architecture guideline for a game-based stroke rehabilitation system.


This study was an original study.



Kamkarhaghighi, M., Mirza-Babaei, P., El-Khatib, K. and Gerling, K. (2017), "Architecture guideline for game-based stroke rehabilitation", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 14 No. 2/3, pp. 228-240.

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