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Table 5 Physiotherapist Thematic Development

From: Exoskeleton use in post-stroke gait rehabilitation: a qualitative study of the perspectives of persons post-stroke and physiotherapists

In-vivo Code Category Theme
New technology Technology in development Developer - User Collaboration
Differing knowledge Knowledge base
Exo evidence base
Patient program Training
Physio program
Battery Device Hardware Device Concerns
Pelvic attachment
Foot plates
Weight of the device
Alignment Impact on alignment & movement
Price Cost
Manpower needs
Assistive device Augmentative vs. Robot Device Programming
Exo gait pattern
Robot-exo programs
Machine Learning
One person use Individualized vs. multi-user
Multi-person use
Fitting settings
Easy to access and use Device Interface
PT to adjust parameters
Gait parameter settings per patient
Exo data reports Data Output
Exo data to guide PT
Balance difficulties Physical Clinical characteristics requiring consideration
Coping with muscle tone
Standing Tolerance
Able to don independently
Cognitive deficits Cognitive, Perceptual, Communication
Communication and comprehension
Safe to use Safety & Interest
Patient interest
Risk re injuring patient
When should the exo be used Care Continuum Indications for use
Patient criteria
Outside of therapy
Integration into clinical practice Feasibility of use in clinical practice
Impact on therapy time
Time to fit device
Hands on
Positive aspects of the Exo Therapeutic Tool
As an exercise training tool
Improve exercise tolerance
To assist in everyday activities