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Telerehabilitation for the Hand and Arm After Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2008 by Ono Academic College.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: February 21, 2006
Last updated: August 11, 2008
Last verified: August 2008
The goal of this project is to develop a low-cost, user-friendly, portable telerehabilitation system for physical therapy of the upper limb after stroke or traumatic brain injury. The system is based on the use of a commercially available force feedback joystick and will work with an ordinary home PC and a standard high-speed internet connection. Using the joystick, the patient will perform exercises designed to aid in recovering motor function of the hand and arm. The joystick will be programmed to either assist or resist the patient's movements. The system will include sophisticated analysis of patient status and progress to provide the therapist and physician with detailed information. In the first phase of the study, we will develop the system in cooperation with the physical therapy staff and other rehabilitation specialists. The investigators will examine the usability, comfort, safety and therapeutic benefit of the system. In the second phase of the study, the investigators will employ the system in patients' homes, using the internet to connect to rehabilitation specialists in the clinic. The study hypothesis is that it is possible to adapt commercially available, low cost gaming equipment such as force feedback joysticks to provide therapy for patients in their own homes, and that patients will be able to work with this system and will find it enjoyable and helpful for recovering motor function.

Condition Intervention
Cerebrovascular Accident
Traumatic Brain Injury
Device: The Jerusalem Telerehabilitation System

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Ono Academic College:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Modified motor assessment scale
  • Kinematic analysis
  • Feedback questionnaires for patients, therapists and caretakers


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Post-cerebrovascular accident or post-traumatic brain injury
  • In medically stable condition
  • Resident in Israel

Note: In addition there will be healthy, age-matched volunteers

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of psychiatric illness
  • Grade of less than 23 in the Mini-Mental Test
  • Inability to understand informed consent form
  • Inability to follow 3-step instructions
  • Pregnancy
  • Receptive aphasia
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00295399

Contact: Heidi Sugarman, Ph.D. 972-2652-4495

Hadassah Medical Organization Not yet recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel, 91120
Chaim Sheba Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Tel Hashomer, Israel, 52662
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ono Academic College
Study Chair: Heidi Sugarman, Ph.D. Ono Academic College
Principal Investigator: Joseph Tiran, PhD Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
Principal Investigator: Ehud Dayan, BSc Sonarion Hadassah Virtual Reality Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Heidi Sugarman, Principal Investigator, Ono Academic College Identifier: NCT00295399     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: JTRS001
Study First Received: February 21, 2006
Last Updated: August 11, 2008

Keywords provided by Ono Academic College:
cerebrovascular accident
traumatic brain injury

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on April 21, 2017