Robotic Upper-Limb Neurorehabilitation in Chronic Stroke Patient


Phase 2 Results N/A

Trial Description

We have established the feasibility and effectiveness of robot-aided rehabilitation in stroke patients using a robot for neurological rehabilitation designed and built by MIT. Results of a pilot study of 20 patients were promising and showed that robot therapy is safe, tolerated by patients and produces a significant, measurable benefit. We propose to test that the robotic upper extremity trainer is an acceptable cost effective adjunct to standard occupational therapy for patients with dysfunction of the shoulder and elbow due to hemiparetic stroke in a VA rehabilitation program.



  • Upper extremity robot Device
    Intervention Desc: Robotic upper extremity neuro-rehabilitation
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: 1
    Description: Robot exercise group
    ARM 2: Kind: Experimental
    Label: 2
    Description: Traditional exercise group
  • Traditional Supervised Upper Extremity Exercises Other
    Intervention Desc: Arm ergometer, reaching, and stretching exercises
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: 2
    Description: Traditional exercise group

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Single Group Assignment


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Upper limb Motor Status Score, Wolf Motor Function Test, Motor Power Assessment, and Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity Motor Performance Test The Primary Outcome measures were performed at baseline, after completion of 18 sessions of intervention and at 3 months follow-up. No