Aging and technology in medical care: Using the example of patient controllers in deep brain stimulation

Iris Kaiser*, Claudia Oppenauer, Ilse Kryspin-Exner, Thomas Czech, Franois Alesch

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article

4 Citations (Scopus)


Deep brain stimulation is a neurosurgical therapy for patients with advanced movement disorders (e.g., Parkinsons disease). This therapy involves the use of a patient controller for home-use. So far, there are four different patient controllers available on the European market. However, use and acceptance of the patient controller is relatively low. The main end-user group is patients above the age of 60 years. This article compares the design of the different interfaces, with a special focus on gerotechnological aspects (display, acoustic signals, coloring, lettering, cognitive load and haptics). We suggest strategies to optimize the use and acceptance of these devices, which have already entered the market. Moreover, future directions of deep brain stimulation and the usability of patient controllers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-766
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Review of Medical Devices
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • ambient-assisted living
  • deep brain stimulation
  • gerotechnology
  • human-computer interaction
  • Parkinsons disease
  • patient controller
  • usability
  • Movement Disorders/physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Equipment Design
  • Deep Brain Stimulation/instrumentation
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Biofeedback, Psychology/instrumentation
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Self Care/instrumentation
  • Aged
  • Equipment Failure Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering


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