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Disturbances of higher level neural control - robotic applications in stroke

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7 Author(s)
Krebs, H.I. ; Mech. Eng. Dept, Massachusetts Inst. of Technol., Cambridge, UK ; Volpe, B.T. ; Palazzolo, J. ; Fasoli, S.
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We review results of initial clinical trials with 76 stroke patients at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. They provide evidence that robot-aided training enhances recovery. We also discuss technology under development, including algorithms for evaluating patients' performance. To conclude, we summarize different modalities of robot-aided therapy. In our initial clinical trials we used a single modality of robot therapy, but since each lesion is unique there is no reason to believe that a "one-size-fits-all" optimal treatment exists. We argue that therapy should be tailored to each patient's needs.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2001. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:4 )

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2001