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

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2008 by Ono Academic College.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : February 23, 2006
Last Update Posted : August 13, 2008
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Ono Academic College

February 21, 2006
February 23, 2006
August 13, 2008
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  • Modified motor assessment scale
  • Kinematic analysis
  • Feedback questionnaires for patients, therapists and caretakers
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Telerehabilitation for the Hand and Arm After Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
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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.
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Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Device: The Jerusalem Telerehabilitation System
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Sugarman H, Dayan E, Weisel-Eichler A, Tiran J. The Jerusalem TeleRehabilitation System, a new low-cost, haptic rehabilitation approach. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2006 Apr;9(2):178-82.

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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
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
20 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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Dr. Heidi Sugarman, Principal Investigator, Ono Academic College
Ono Academic College
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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
Ono Academic College
August 2008

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