Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with almost 800,000 strokes occurring every year. As veterans age, they are at increased risk for stroke. Increasing demand for and decreasing length of inpatient rehabilitation motivated us to seek better methods for restoring arm function after stroke. In this multisite clinical trial, we used Mirror Image Movement Enabler, a robotic system developed by Department of Veterans Affairs scientists, to assess its use for acute stroke rehabilitation and test the relationship between training intensity and movement recovery. The results add to the knowledge required to best design and use rehabilitation robots.
Volume 48 Number 4, 2011
Pages 445 — 458
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