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A technique to train finger coordination and independence after stroke.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20370489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Finger coordination and independence are often impaired in stroke survivors, preventing them from performing activities of daily living. We have developed a technique using a robotic interface, the HandCARE, to train these functions.
METHOD: The Hand Cable-Actuated REhabilitation (CARE) system can assist the subject in opening and closing movements of the hand, and can be adapted to accommodate various hand sizes and finger shapes.
RESULTS: Two game-like exercises have been developed, which use a motivating approach to promote recovery of finger coordination and independence. Mathematical measures have been implemented to evaluate these functions. This technique is validated with two post-stroke subjects who practiced for 20 minutes twice a week during eight weeks.
CONCLUSIONS: The results show significant improvements in finger coordination, force modulation as well as finger independence.
Ludovic Dovat; Olivier Lambercy; Berna Salman; Vineet Johnson; Theodore Milner; Roger Gassert; Etienne Burdet; Teo C Leong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1748-3115     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-09     Completed Date:  2011-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101255937     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Aged, 80 and over
Disability Evaluation
Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
Independent Living*
Middle Aged
Paresis / etiology,  rehabilitation*
Psychomotor Performance*
Stroke / complications,  rehabilitation*
Treatment Outcome

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