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Pumpkin Garden: A Tablet Game Platform for Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation


Authors: S. Liu, Z. Shen, Y. Yuan, J. Ji, and M. J. McKeown
Title: Pumpkin Garden: A Tablet Game Platform for Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation
Abstract: Parkinson's Disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders, threatening the living quality of over 10 million people worldwide. No cure has been found for PD. Therefore, rehabilitation plays an important role in maximizing patients' functions and quality of life for the sake of continuing to lead fulfilling lives. Physical exercise is adopted as an effective means in PD rehabilitation. However, physical exercises need to be conducted intensively over a long period of time to be effective, leading PD patients to feel mentally bored and physically tired. This reduces their motivations to persist in rehabilitation as a result. In this paper, we propose a tablet based game platform for PD rehabilitation, which is able to encourage the patients to keep on rehabilitation exercises. The patients in-game behaviors are collected and analyzed to generate reports for the patients and the clinicians to track disease progression and adjust rehabilitation plan.
Keywords: Parkinson's disease; Rehabilitation; Game
Journal Name: International Journal of Information Technology, vol. 23, no. 1
Publisher: Singapore Computer Society
Year: 2017
Accepted PDF File: Pumpkin_Garden_A_Tablet_Game_Platform_for_Parkinsons_Disease_Rehabilitation_accepted.pdf
Permanent Link: http://www.intjit.org/journal/download/down.php?file=/23/1/231_1.pdf
Reference: S. Liu, Z. Shen, Y. Yuan, J. Ji, and M. J. McKeown, “Pumpkin Garden: A tablet game platform for Parkinsons disease rehabilitation,” International Journal of Information Technology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 1–14, 2017.
bibtex: 
@article {LILY-j38,
   author	= {Liu, Siyuan and Shen, Zhiqi and Yuan, Yongmei and Ji, Jun and McKeown, Martin J.}, 
   title	= {{P}umpkin {G}arden: A Tablet Game Platform for {P}arkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation}, 
   journal	= {International Journal of Information Technology}, 
   year		= {2017},  
   volume	= {23}, 
   number	= {1}, 
   pages	= {1-14},
   publisher 	= {Singapore Computer Society}, 
}