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Effect of robot-assisted versus conventional body-weight-supported treadmill training on quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis

Lauren M. Wier, MPH, et al.

This study describes how body-weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) affects quality of life for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients using either robot-assisted BWSTT or BWSTT alone. The results suggest that task-repetitive gait training on both types of BWSTT may improve quality of life for people with MS-related gait problems. For our study participants, we did not find any quantifiable differences between BWSTT alone and robot-assisted BWSTT. However, the results clearly showed longitudinal improvement in quality of life as a result of BWSTT. Overall, the study suggests that task-repetitive gait training is a noninvasive intervention with the potential to improve quality of life.

Volume 48 Number 4, 2011
   Pages 483 — 492


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Wier LM, Hatcher MS, Triche EW, Lo AC. Effect of robot-assisted versus conventional body-weight-supported treadmill training on quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(4):483-92.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.03.0035
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