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Table 4 Features for PAE suggested by the expert groups (bold font indicates PU and EU priority)

From: Using nominal group technique to advance power assisted exercise equipment for people with stroke

  Category Subcategory PU priority EU priority
Four domaims Software and interface Interface User friendly
Clear visual display
Fun and motivating
Gamification
Demonstration video
User friendly
Clear visual display
Easy to reach
Feedback Inter-session comparison
Meaningful
Individualised
Watts and power generated
Heart rate monitoring
Symmetry of effort
Baseline comparison
Inter-session comparison
Meaningful
Individualised
Sensitive to small effort
Accurate and continuous
Generate digital record
Calculated calorie expenditure
Exercise programme Movement Functional and efficient
Simple patterns
Goal orientated
Adjustable speed
Reciprocal movement
Machine initiated
Optimal limb alignment
Resisted movement option
Functional and efficient
Simple patterns
Goal orientated
Adjustable speed
Reciprocal movement
Multiple movements
Physiological demand Improve motor control
Soft tissue stretch
Decrease hypertonicity
Physiological overload
Cross education
Eccentric and concentric
Aerobic demand
Progressive trajectory
Improve motor control
Soft tissue stretch
Decrease hypertonicity
Manageable duration
Machine and accessories Accessibility Safe transfer on and off
Hemiplegia friendly
Fits with transfer aid equipment
Safe transfer on and off
Reachable components
Able to access independently
Height adjustable
Accessories Bespoke limb support
Quick release components
Bespoke limb support
Quick release components
Secure walking aid storage
Reach bar to secure balance
Setting and service Team Good knowledge of equipment
Ability to educate users
Ability to support goal setting
Ability to manage expectations
Good knowledge of equipment
Available to help
Understand movement patterns
Understand limited mobility
Environment Client centred service
Social and peer support
Client centred service
Integrated therapy service
  1. PU professional user
  2. EU expert user