Monitoring functional hand use in stroke survivors using wearable technology

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE) - University Health Network, Adaptive Neurorehabilitation Systems Lab

University of Toronto, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

This study is investigating wearable technology to measure hand use at home after stroke. Participants will use a wearable camera to record how they are using their hands in selected activities of daily living, in a lab setting and at home. We will develop computer algorithms to automatically analyze hand function from these videos. We will also assess their arm and hand function with existing clinical measures.

Your Impact

We will gather input from the participants on the feasibility of the wearable technology used in this study, on privacy issues, and on their perception of the usefulness of this method. All of this feedback will enable us to refine our methods and successfully translate into practice this novel method to evaluate hand function in the community. In this way, the project will help to gauge the true impact of new neurorehabilitation interventions. All of these points will be made clear to the participants during the initial visit and interview.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

At least 6 months post-stroke

No significant upper limb neurological or musculoskeletal conditions other than stroke

No shoulder subluxation or significant pain that interferes with use of the upper limb

Must be able to speak and understand English

Impaired but not completely absent hand function on the affected side

Have a caregiver available to help with equipment (if an individual lives indepedently, a caregiver is not necessary)

Study Tasks

Clinical Hand Function Assessments
Video recording daily tasks in a home simulation laboratory
A questionaire and short interview about this study
3 sessions of 1-1.5 hr video recordings at home (the activities to be recorded will be agreed upon with the researchers during the visits)


This study has been approved by UHN Research Ethics Board (18-5303)


wearable camera
wearable technology

Activity and Time


Clinical Trial


1 hour(s) - 2 hour(s) per session

2 session(s)

"If you are interested, please contact by the email or phone number provided in study poster, it's a requirement to confirm in person before attending the study"


Up to $250 

Study Address

550 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X5

Posting date: Oct 25, 2019

Earn $250