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J Rehabil Res Dev. 2006 Mar-Apr;43(2):171-84.

Systematic review of the effect of robot-aided therapy on recovery of the hemiparetic arm after stroke.

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  • 1Roessingh Research and Development, PO Box 310, 7500 AH Enschede, the Netherlands. G.Prange@rrd.nl

Abstract

A limited number of clinical studies have examined the effect of poststroke rehabilitation with robotic devices on hemiparetic arm function. We systematically reviewed the literature to assess the effect of robot-aided therapy on stroke patients' upper-limb motor control and functional abilities. Eight clinical trials were identified and reviewed. For four of these studies, we also pooled short-term mean changes in Fugl-Meyer scores before and after robot-aided therapy. We found that robot-aided therapy of the proximal upper limb improves short- and long-term motor control of the paretic shoulder and elbow in subacute and chronic patients; however, we found no consistent influence on functional abilities. In addition, robot-aided therapy appears to improve motor control more than conventional therapy.

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