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Robot-mediated ACtive REhabilitation (ACRE2) for the hemiplegic upper limb after a stroke: A pilot study

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Author: Doornebosch, A.J. · Cools, H.J.M. · Slee-Turkenburg, M.E.C. · Elk, M.G. van · Schoone-Harmsen, M.
Institution: TNO Industrie en Techniek TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Technology and Disability, 4, 19, 199-203
Identifier: 240338
Keywords: Health · Zorginnovatie · adult · aged · article · cerebrovascular accident · clinical article · clinical trial · computer simulation · female · function test · functional status · hemiplegia · home rehabilitation · human · male · man machine interaction · patient attitude · pilot study · rehabilitation care · robot mediated active rehabilitation · robotics · task performance


Although scientific evidence shows that therapy improves movement recovery following a stroke, the duration of the reimbursed therapy available to patients is decreasing. To compensate for the reduction in personal therapy self-training procedures using robotic arms have been developed for hemiplegic patients. In this Dutch pilot study, the experiences of stroke patients and their therapists with the second prototype of a robotic arm device for ACtive REhabilitation (ACRE2) are evaluated. Positive results for patients and therapists are reported and the development of a system that can be used at home (ACRE3) is recommended. © 2007 IOS Press. All rights reserved.