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Robot-assisted upper limb rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients

Robot-assisted upper limb rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients

Conference Proceedings 2013: 886-889

The goal of this study is to evaluate the effects of upper limb robot-assisted treatment in chronic post-stroke patients using clinical outcome measures and kinematic parameters. Thirty-two chronic stroke patients participated in the study. Fugl-Meyer (FM) Assessment scale and Motricity Index (MI) were used for clinical assessment, and a set of kinematic parameters was computed. A significant decrease in motor impairment after the robotassisted treatment (FM p<0.001 and MI p<0.001) was found. Movement mean velocity (p<0.001) and accuracy (p<0.05) increased. Robotic treatment is effective to reduce motor impairment in chronic stroke patients. The exclusive use of clinical scales do not provide an exhaustive evaluation of effectiveness of treatment and our study suggests that kinematic parameters should be computed as well.

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PMID: 24109830

DOI: 10.1109/embc.2013.6609643

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