Evaluating the special needs of functional neuromuscular stimulation Research candidates

Allen W. Heinemann*, Renee Magiera-Planey, M. Gloria Gimenes, Chrisann Schiro Geist

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A psychological screening protocol for individuals with paraplegia who, through functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS), might develop stance and gait control is described. The efficacy of criteria to maximize the appropriate involvement of research candidates is reported. Accurate assessment of special needs for all participants, including persons referred prior to application of the screening protocol, was made based on histories of research involvement. Test and interview data identified two candidates who were inappropriate. Continued monitoring is planned to assess the relationship between FNS utilization, personal and environmental characteristics of participants, and consequences of research involvement. The value of providing social-environmental resources to maximize research outcome is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

Keywords

  • Neural prostheses
  • Paraplegia
  • Psychological adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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