Remote Rehabilitation Via the Internet to Patients After a Stroke - Physical Rehabilitation Using Biofeedback Systems to Improve Upper Extremity Function

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2012 by Sheba Medical Center.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
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First received: September 10, 2012
Last updated: September 27, 2012
Last verified: September 2012

The objective of this study is to examine monitored rehabilitation therapy over the internet to improve upper limb function for stroke patients. Home rehabilitation for stroke patients will avoid the burden of arrival to the health facilities, making it easier on them and improve their quality of life and the lives of their caregivers. To achieve this goal the investigators will examine the effectiveness and feasibility of home rehabilitation system of upper limb, consisting of ergonomic accessories (hand and arm tutors).

The quantitative indices will be based on the quantitative clinical measures that are used in regular evaluations of stroke patients and function and range of motion indices as received from the system.

Condition Intervention
Stroke Patients
Device: Hand tutor rehabilitation device
Device: Arm tutor rehabilitation device

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Sheba Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fugl-Meyer Assessment upper extremity part (FMA) [ Time Frame: 10 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The FMA assesses the motor impairment of the upper extremity after stroke. Each movement is graded on a 3-point scale, and the total score for the upper extremity ranges from 0-60 points where a higher score represents more active movements. An additional part assesses the coordination of the affected upper extremity and the score ranges between 0-6 where a higher score represents poorer coordination ability. This test is one of the most commonly used instruments in rehabilitation and its validity and reliability have been well established9

  • Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory (CAHAI) [ Time Frame: 10 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The test assesses the functional ability of the affected arm and hand of people with stroke. The abbreviated version includes 7 functional activities (e.g. open a jar of coffee) that require bilateral use of the upper extremities as well various types of grip. The score range between1 and 7

  • The Motor Activity Log - MAL [ Time Frame: 10 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Mal consist of a semi structured interview for the patient to assess the use of the paretic arm and hand during daily activities. Two scores on a scale of 1 -5, are given for each activity;for the amount of use (AOU) and for the quality of movement (QOM). Usability of the system i.e. ease of use of the system

  • System Usability Scale (SUS) [ Time Frame: 10 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This questionnaire includes 10 items rated on a 5 points scale, which provide a global view of subjective assessment of a system's usability. The item scores were calculated to give an overall score ranging from 10 to 100 points. The SUS has been shown to be a robust and reliable evaluation tool

  • Box& Block Test of Manual Dexterity [ Time Frame: 10 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This is a valid and reliable test which is used to assess hand dexterity. In addition it is used to assess endurance of the upper extremity. The subject is asked to transfer cubes, above a partition, from one side of a box to the other for one minute with both hands. The score is the number of cubes that were transferred. In addition: Range of motion of fingers, wrist elbow and shoulder as measured by the devices

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: stroke patients - hand
stroke patients with the ability to move their hand
Device: Hand tutor rehabilitation device
A rehabilitation device for the hand
Other Name: Model : HNDT, MediTouch LTD
Experimental: stroke patient - arm
stroke patients with the ability to move their arms
Device: Arm tutor rehabilitation device
A rehabilitation device for the arm
Other Name: Model: HMAT, MediTouch LTD.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Stroke patients who had at least eight conventional rehabilitation treatments lasted at least until a month before the start of the experiment,
  • not affected cognitively (to be determined by the score on the mini mental exam greater than 23).
  • patients have daily access to a computer and the Internet, and use a personal caregiver or family member can supervise the use of the system.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Global or sensory aphasia, unilateral spatial neglect, apraxia and other acute neurological or orthopedic conditions.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01696864

Contact: Meir Plotnik, PhD 0526668506

Sheba Medical Center rehabilitation facility Not yet recruiting
Ramat Gan, Israel
Contact: Meir Potnik, PhD    972-52-6668506   
Sub-Investigator: Meir Plotnik, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sheba Medical Center Identifier: NCT01696864     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-12-9471-GZ-CTIL 
Study First Received: September 10, 2012
Last Updated: September 27, 2012
Health Authority: Israel: Ministry of Health processed this record on May 22, 2016