Active Smart Wearable Orthosis for Enhanched Rehabilitation THErapy "ARTHE"

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Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

The purpose of this study is to investigate the usability of a new upper limb robot assisted therapy device in stroke patients.

Detailed Description

The number of physically weak individuals is increasing, resulting in a higher burden on health care and health care workers. The use of robot assisted therapy (RAT) might partly solve this problem. Rehabilitation progress highly depends on training intensity and training duration, favouring the use of RAT.
In this pilot study, the usability of a new upper arm RAT device for upper arm rehabilitation in stroke patients is investigated. Myo-electrical signals will serve as input for the device, assisting the user in flexion and extension of the elbow, which is combined with a stabilizing shoulder brace and a bionic glove.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Training with new upper limb robot assisted therapy device Device
    Other Names: active orthosis; exoskeleton
    Intervention Desc: During 2 to 5 sessions of 1/2 hour.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Stroke patients
    Description: Training with new upper limb robot assisted therapy device. During 2 to 5 sessions of 1/2 hour.
  • Test upper limb robot assisted therapy device Device
    Other Names: active orthosis; exoskeleton
    Intervention Desc: During 1 session of 1/2 hour.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Healthy persons
    Description: Test upper limb robot assisted therapy device. During 1 session of 1/2 hour.

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Investigate user experience by a self-composed questionnaire. Up to 30 minutes at the last session
Secondary Measure the rate of perceived exertion by the Borg scale. Up to 5 minutes at the last session
Secondary Investigate whether wearing the device improves functionality by the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT). Up to 5 weeks (at week 1, week 2 and week 5)

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