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Clustering the Clusters –Knowledge Enhancing Tool for Diagnosing Elderly Falling Risk

Rueangsirarak, Worasak, ATKINS, Anthony, SHARP, Bernadette, Chakpitak, N and Meksamoot, M (2013) Clustering the Clusters –Knowledge Enhancing Tool for Diagnosing Elderly Falling Risk. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management (IJHTM), 14 (1-2). ISSN 1368-2156

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Falls which affect the musculoskeletal system are the leading cause of injury in people over 65 years. To address the growing problem of falls in an ageing society and to support and improve the healthcare service provided, a diagnostic tool is required. This study proposes a new approach to analyse and diagnose the risks associated with elderly falling by applying K-means clustering to cluster and assess the fall risks data of elderly Thai people, captured using motion capture technology. These clusters are mapped into two-dimensional space using self-organising map (SOM). The resulting 95.45% accuracy suggests that the two-stage clustering technique is applicable and useful in managing fall risks which can then be included in decision support system to assist physiotherapists, in recommending a customised rehabilitation programme.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Faculty: School of Computing and Digital Technologies > Computing
Depositing User: Bernadette SHARP
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 11:52
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 16:06
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1293

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