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Development and Evaluation of Bath Chair Considering the Convenience and Safety of Stroke Patients

  • Korean Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Abbr : Korean J of Occup Ther
  • 2019, 27(4), pp.141-153
  • DOI : 10.14519/kjot.2019.27.4.11
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Occupational Therapy
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Working Therapeutics
  • Received : November 1, 2019
  • Accepted : November 19, 2019
  • Published : December 30, 2019

Son, Young-Hyo 1 Ji-Young Baek 2 Chung Hyunae 2 Kim Hee Dong 2 Jemo Park 3 Hwang, Do-Yeon 4 Lee, Ji-Hun 1 Song, Jong-Un 5 Jung, Hwa Shik 2

1동신대학교 대학원
2동신대학교 작업치료학과
3전남과학대학교 작업치료학과
4순천향대학교 대학원
5첨단우암병원

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ABSTRACT

Objective: The purpose of this study was to develop a bath chair and verify its effectiveness in terms of theconvenience and safety of stroke patients. Methods: The subjects were 20 stroke patients admitted to a rehabilitation hospital in a metropolitan city. As aresearch tool, a bath chair prototype was developed based on a Delphi survey and subjective opinions from thesubjects. A Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), questionnaire (usability assessment and open questionnaire),and Korean version of Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction Assistive Technology (K-QUEST 2.0) were usedas assessment tools. As a statistical analysis, a t-test was conducted before and after applying the bath chairprototype. Results: As the results from before and after using the bath chair prototype indicate, the REBA levels of actionregarding the use of bath ware and a showerhead are lowered from ‘high’ to ‘normal’ and ‘low,’ respectively. Inaddition, in the usability test, convenience was considered to be ‘proper’ and seven other items expressed valuesof ‘normal’. In addition, the prototype was deemed ‘satisfactory’ in terms of effectiveness, whereas seven otherindicators showed a level of ‘normal’. Conclusion: The bath chair developed in this study is expected to not only be effective in improving theconvenience and safety of the bathing activity of stroke patients but also to serve as an assistive device to reducetheir physical burden.

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