Robot-assisted therapy for long-term upper limb impairment after stroke

Mundy L, Hiller JE
Record ID 32011000618
Authors' recommendations: There is an extensive body of literature regarding the use of robot-assisted therapy for the rehabilitation of stroke patients. Inconsistencies in the baseline characteristics of patients included in comparative arms of trials make it difficult to make objective comparisons between groups. From the evidence assessed it would appear that robot-assist therapy has better outcomes in terms of improved motor function and decreased time to perform tasks when compared to usual care but not when compared to intensive therapy. However, intensive therapy is costly to perform, requiring one-to-one patient-therapist time. Therefore the addition of robot-assist therapy may deliver the same patient benefits as intensive therapy at a reduced cost, however a full cost-effectiveness analysis would be required to ascertain the true benefits of robot-assist therapy.There is limited evidence regarding the effectiveness of this technology for stroke patients therefore further review of this technology by HealthPACT at this time is not warranted.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2010
URL for published report: Not Available
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Robotics
  • Stroke
  • Upper Extremity
Organisation Name: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment
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