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Evaluation of reach and grasp robot-assisted therapy suggests similar functional recovery patterns on proximal and distal arm segments in sub-acute hemiplegia

Loureiro, R., Harwin, W., Lamperd, R. and Collin , C. (2013) Evaluation of reach and grasp robot-assisted therapy suggests similar functional recovery patterns on proximal and distal arm segments in sub-acute hemiplegia. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 22 (3). pp. 593-602. ISSN 1534-4320

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2013.2265263

Abstract/Summary

This paper provides some additional evidence in support of the hypothesis that robot therapies are clinically beneficial in neurorehabilitation. Although only 4 subjects were included in the study, the design of the intervention and the measures were done so as to minimise bias. The results are presented as single case studies, and can only be interpreted as such due to the study size. The intensity of intervention was 16 hours and the therapy philosophy (based on Carr and Shepherd) was that coordinated movements are preferable to joint based therapies, and that coordinating distal movements (in this case grasps) helps not only to recover function in these areas, but has greater value since the results are immediately transferable to daily skills such as reach and grasp movements.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:35847
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rehabilitation robotics, reach and grasp therapy, sensorimotor environment, sub-acute stroke.
Publisher:IEEE

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