Enabling Technologies in Rehabilitation

Body Image and Body Function


  • Malcolm MacLachlan, PhD, Department of Psychology, Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • Pamela Gallagher, Department of Psychology, Trinity College, University of Dublin

As biotechnology and the benefits it can offer are playing an increasingly important role in all areas of clinical rehabilitation, this text is intended to help all those who encounter biological innovations within their practice. The content aids the reader is moving beyond the suspicion and mistrust biotechnology is often regarded with, and it helps them to attain a better understanding of its potential and the benefits it can offer for patients. The book presents comprehensive coverage of the topic, offering a full range of explanations of technological developments and their relevance in the field of clinical rehabilitation. Clinicians who understand the potential of the innovations and are able to deal with the emotional responses of the patients will be well-placed to achieve faster and more effective rehabilitation for those in their care.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07247-5

Table of Contents

Imagining the body

Part 1: Interacting with technology
Using virtual reality to help reduce pain during severe burn wound care procedures
Enabling communication: pictures as language
Moving sound
Robotics and rehabilitation – the role of robot-mediated therapy post stroke

Part 2: Listening to the body
Psychophysiological recording and biofeedback: tools enabling people to control their own physiology Affective feedback
The thought translation device – communication by means of EEG self-regulation for locked-in patients

Part 3: Technology of replacement
Reaching with electricity: externally powered prosthetics and embodiment
Psychology and hand transplantation: clinical experiences
Implantable replacement hearts

Part 4: Living through technology
Complex emotion: neuroprosthesis for grasping applications
Technological enframing in the haemodialysis patient
Critical care in high technology environments

Thinking through enabling technologies
Guidelines for development and implementation