Comfort assessment

This comfort assessment study has been developed for several reasons.

Firstly, it gives the design team and healthcare professionals an opportunity to wear the collars that are currently offered to MND patients. This is important in terms of building some empathy and understanding of what MND patients have to put up with when they are asked to wear these devices.

Secondly, when conducted across a wider group of people for several different existing designs, it enables us to determine location and relative levels of discomfort and pain caused by these collars. Using this we can then determine what aspects of the existing designs are leading to this discomfort and pain.

Finally, these results can be used to help validate the engineering simulation in the Neck assessment tool by comparing and contrasting the locations and ‘levels’ of pain reported by participants with that predicted by the virtual model.

In this study, volunteer participants are screened for any previous history of back or pack pain. Those without a history are recruited and asked to wear a collar for 4 hours and report, using a visual analogue scale and location mapping report sheet, as to perceived discomfort. Following the test the participants are also asked to report their agreement (on a 7 point scale) with various statements relating to the impact of wearing the collar on various functional activities such as eating and drinking, subjective issues such as visual appeal and emotional responses such as frustration.

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