How technology can help rehabilitation

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6963.1182 (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1182
  1. R G S Platts,
  2. K Andrews

    Advances in the management of accidents, anaesthesia, and surgery have led to ever more people surviving major trauma or catastrophic neurological damage. Many are left with active brains locked into a severely physically disabled body. Severely disabled people may live for many decades, so their rehabilitation should focus on improving their quality of life.

    Modern technology has the potential to enable even profoundly physically disabled people to take control of their lives. Computer based devices allow some minimal movement of a finger or an eye or the use of a “sip and puff” tube to drive a wheelchair; work word processors, multimedia programs, telephones, and automatic feeding devices; turn the pages of a newspaper; open doors and curtains; and, indeed, control anything that can be switched electronically. (See …

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