Robotic Invention Used to Assess Stroke PatientsBy Physical Therapy Products: SOAP Notes,
Publication Date: May 2007
Article focuses on preliminary evaluations conducted by Queen’s and Providence Continuing Care Centre in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on a robotic device designed to assess neurological and motor functioning of people who have had a stroke. The Kinseological Instrument for Normal and Altered Reaching Movement (KINARM) measures multi-joint movement at the shoulder, elbow, and hand in order to evaluate how the brain coordinates limb movements. The device was used to assess roughly 26 clients over an 18-month period. Preliminary results have demonstrated that the prototype KINARM is more sensitive in studying research movements than traditional clinical measures, and can also be effective when used as a therapeutic tool. The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and DiMedix, which is a medical education company.
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