Allery Treatment News

A Telerehabilitation Approach To Delivery Of Constraint-induced Movement Therapy

July 30, 2017

We have developed Auto-CITE, a computer workstation that delivers the training component of poststroke upper-limb constraint-induced (CI) therapy, better know as CI therapy, which can potentially be used in the clinic or home without the need for direct supervision from a therapist.

Our goal was to evaluate the effectiveness of AutoCITE training when participants were supervised remotely by a therapist who interacted only intermittently.

Seven participants with chronic stroke trained with AutoCITE for 3 hours a day for 10 consecutive weekdays. The gains in motor ability and real-world function for participants treated using AutoCITE with remote supervision were comparable with the gains previously reported for participants who received an equal amount of directly supervised AutoCITE training or standard one-on-one CI therapy.

Telerehabilitation of CI therapy would greatly decrease treatment costs and increase access for many patients.

A telerehabilitation approach to delivery of constraint-induced movement therapy, pg. 391

The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) has been a leading research journal in the field of rehabilitation medicine and technology for over 40 years. Formerly the Bulletin of Prosthetics Research, JRRD debuted in 1983 to include cross-disciplinary findings in rehabilitation. JRRD, a scientifically indexed journal, publishes original research papers, review articles, as well as clinical and technical commentary from U.S. and international researchers on all rehabilitation research disciplines.