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Be Part In Improving The Future For People With Tetraplegia

Be Part In Improving The Future For People With Tetraplegia

From the researchers:

We are two Biomedical Engineering students from Technical University of Denmark (DTU), who are currently writing our master’s thesis. The objective of our project is to develop one or multiple assistive device(s) for rectal catheters specifically aiming to assist self-catheterization for users with tetraplegic hand function. In order to complete this project, we have spent time researching hand function of persons with tetraplegia. However, as the available research assessing tetraplegic hand function is limited and/or biased we find it very difficult to obtain a comprehensive understanding of abilities and disabilities related to hand function for persons with tetraplegia. Based on this, we are reaching out to you with the hope, that you will consider helping us get a better understanding on this topic.

As mentioned, the project aims to develop assistive device(s), which can aid the user with tetraplegic hand function in operating a rectal catheter and thereby ease self-catheterization or even allow self-catheterization, for persons who has not been able to do this previously. As we do not find the available research satisfactory, we are looking for persons with tetraplegia to provide us with real life information on this topic. As we are aware of the fact, that hand function for persons with tetraplegia vary a lot from person to person, thus we seek to talk to many different persons with varying hand function in order to obtain a broad perspective.

How to participate:

We are therefore looking for persons with tetraplegia, who would like to participate in an online interview of around 30 minutes duration with either Sophia or Emilie as the interviewer. The interview will feature questions regarding hand function including abilities as well as disabilities related to your everyday routines. Additionally, if you use any splints or other assistive devices/items, we would also like to see and hear more about them, and how they support your hand function.

Even though the project is about rectal catheter, you do not need to be a rectal catheter user to participate in an interview. However, if you are a rectal catheter user and you are comfortable sharing information, we would be very interested in learning more about the part of your bowel management routines where you operate the catheter.

You may contact us by emailing: sophiaohmann [at] hotmail.com