An important aspect of rehabilitation is the assessment of a patient’s abilities prior to and during treatment. Effective assessment has traditionally been done using the Barthel Index, which clearly defines functional activities. Unfortunately, current means of communicating the Barthel Index to non-European languages has proved to be problematic. The original LIFE toolset was created from this need. Working with the University of Michigan 3D Lab, this project enhanced the existing LIFE toolset by converting existing 2D animations with fluid 3D animations and environments, as well as improving the user’s experience by simplifying the interface and presentation of plates.
The project has since been published in the journal “Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation”. Haig AJ, Jayarajan S, Maslowski E, Yamakawa KSJ, Tinney M, Beier KP, Juang D, Huang M, Chan L, Boggess T, Loar J, Owusa-Ansah B, Kalpakjian C. Development of a Language Independent Functional Evaluation (L.I.F.E.). Arch Phys Med Rehabil. Accepted May 18, 2009
The project has also successfully been used in remote areas of Mongolia and Ghana to great success and is now being reviewed for commercialization by Technolog Transfer at the University of Michigan.