An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering

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  • Describes numerous design models and processes, including participatory action design, service delivery models, the supply-push process, and modern prosthetic fabrication
  • Assesses past, present, and potential industry standards and legislation
  • Covers devices essential for the disabled, including various seating systems, cushions, wheelchairs, prostheses, orthoses, hearing aids, and teletypewriters (TTYs)
  • Explores innovative technology aids, such as sensors, robot-assisted therapy, descriptive video, remote microphones, speech recognition software, and AAC
  • Contains a set of learning objectives and study questions in each chapter as well as a list of definitions at the end of the book
  • Summary

    Answering the widespread demand for an introductory book on rehabilitation engineering (RE), Dr. Rory A. Cooper, a distinguished RE authority, and his esteemed colleagues present An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering. This resource introduces the fundamentals and applications of RE and assistive technologies (ATs).

    After providing a brief introduction, the book describes the models for AT service delivery, the design tools and principles of universal design, and various technology-transfer mechanisms, models, and principles. The text then explains the process for creating assistive device standards, followed by a review of seating biomechanics and soft tissue biomechanics. Subsequent chapters examine design and service delivery principles of wheelchairs and scooters, functional electrical stimulation and its applications, wheelchair-accessible transportation legislation, and the applications of robotics in medical rehabilitation. The book proceeds to discuss prosthetic and orthotic design and usage, visual and hearing impairment, Web-related AT, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology. It concludes with an introduction to adaptive sports and recreation.

    Incorporating the critical aspects of RE and AT, An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering focuses on the principles, modeling, standards, devices, and technologies of RE and AT. It presents a concise yet complete overview of RE to provide a solid foundation in the subject as well as to stimulate further study.

    Table of Contents

    Rory A. Cooper

    Clinical Practice of Rehabilitation Engineering
    Carmen Digiovine, Douglas A. Hobson, and Rory A. Cooper

    Universal Design
    Linda van Roosmalen and Hisaichi Ohnabe

    Technology Transfer
    Rory A. Cooper and Jonathan Pearlman

    Standards for Assistive Technology
    Douglas Hobson, Rory A. Cooper, and Martin Ferguson-Pell

    Seating Biomechanics and Systems
    Mark Schmeler, Bengt Enstrom, Barbara Crane, and Rosemarie Cooper

    Tissue Integrity Management
    David Brienza, Yihkuen Jan, and Jeanne Zanca

    Alicia Koontz, Jon Pearlman, Brad Impink, Rory A. Cooper, and M. Wilkenson

    Functional Electrical Stimulation
    Songfeng Guo, Jue Wang, and Garrett Grindle

    Wheelchair Transportation Safety
    Patricia Karg, Gina Bertocci, Linda van Roosmalen, Douglas Hobson, and Toru Furui

    Rehabilitation Robotics
    Dan Ding, Richard Simpson, Yoky Matuoka, and Edmund LoPresti

    Major Limb Prosthetic Devices
    Diane M. Collins, Brad Dicianno, Amol Karmarkar, Paul F. Pasquina, Rick Relich, and Annmarie Kelleher

    Orthotic Devices
    Michael Dvorznak, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Amol Karmarkar, Annmarie Kelleher, and Thane McCann

    Aids for People with Low Vision and Blindness
    John Brabyn, Katherine Seelman, and Sailesh Panchang

    Maximizing Participation for People with Hearing Loss
    Elaine Mormer, Amanda Ortmann, Catherine Palmer, and Katherine Seelman

    Telecommunications, Computers, and Web Accessibility
    Kate Seelman, S. Hackett, Bambang Paramento, Richard Simpson, and
    Sailesh Panchang

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology
    Katya J. Hill, Bruce Baker, and Barry A. Romich

    Adaptive Sports and Recreation Technology
    Mary E. Buning, Ian M. Rice, Shirley G. Fitzgerald, and Rory A. Cooper

    Selected Terms and Definitions

    Editorial Reviews

    "Finally, a text that allows engineers and graduate students from other healthcare professions understand and appreciate just how vast and exciting the contributions of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology can be for people with disabilities. This text is perfect not only for engineering students but also for physical therapists and other professionals who want to know the science behind assistive technology. Understanding the language of rehabilitation and engineering is critical for the engineering student's introduction to the field of assistive technology or the rehabilitation professor who wants to better appreciate the science of a device that improves their patients' lives everyday. This text offers wonderfully straightforward insights into the very complex world of rehabilitation engineering. Dr. Cooper and associates have successfully written a text that offers engineers and rehabilitation professionals alike the blueprints for understanding the language, process, and science behind the product development associated with assistive technology. The rapidly emerging field of rehabilitation engineering will grow even faster now that Dr. Cooper and associates have provided the first text to offer the blueprints to product development and the science of assistive technology."
    -Robert Gailey, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida, USA