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Why Effectiveness of Robot-Mediated Neurorehabilitation Does Not Necessarily Influence Its Adoption

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6 Author(s)
Giuseppe Turchetti ; Inst. of Manage., Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy ; Nicola Vitiello ; Leopoldo Trieste ; Stefano Romiti
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This paper discusses the reasons why evidence of clinical effectiveness is not enough to facilitate adequate adoption of robotic technologies for upper-limb neurorehabilitation. The paper also provides a short review of the state of the art technologies. In particular, the paper highlights the barriers to the adoption of these technologies by the markets in which they are, or should be, deployed. On the other hand, the paper explores how low rates of adoption may depend on communication biases between the producers of the technologies and potential adopters. Finally, it is shown that, although technology-efficacy issues are usually well-documented, barriers to adoption also originate from the lack of solid evidence of the economic implications of the new technologies.

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IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering  (Volume:7 )