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New technologies and concepts for rehabilitation in the acute phase of stroke: a collaborative matrix.


E. M. Siekierka, K. Eng, C. Bassetti, A. Blickensdorfer, M.S. Cameirao, V. Dietz, A. Duff, F. Erol, T. Ettlin, D.M. Hermann, T. Keller, B. Keisker, J. Kesselring, R. Kleiser, S. Kollias, J.P. Kool, A. Kurre, S. Mangold, T. Nef, P. Pyk, R. Riener, C. Schuster, F. Tosi, P.F. Verschure, L. Zimmerli

Neurodegenerative Diseases, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 57-69

The process of developing a successful stroke rehabilitation methodology requires four key components: a good understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this brain disease, clear neuroscientific hypotheses to guide therapy, adequate clinical assessments of its efficacy on multiple timescales, and a systematic approach to the application of modern technologies to assist in the everyday work of therapists. Achieving this goal requires collaboration between neuroscientists, technologists and clinicians to develop well-founded systems and clinical protocols that are able to provide quantitatively validated improvements in patient rehabilitation outcomes. In this article we present three new applications of complementary technologies developed in an interdisciplinary matrix for acute-phase upper limb stroke rehabilitation functional electrical stimulation, arm robotassisted therapy and virtual reality-based cognitive therapy. We also outline the neuroscientific basis of our approach, present our detailed clinical assessment protocol and provide preliminary results from patient testing of each of the three systems showing their viability for patient use.

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@Article { SieEtal:2007:IFA_2941,
    author={E. M. Siekierka and K. Eng and C. Bassetti and A. Blickensdorfer and M.S. Cameirao and V. Dietz and A. Duff and F. Erol and T. Ettlin and D.M.
	  Hermann and T. Keller and B. Keisker and J. Kesselring and R. Kleiser and S. Kollias and J.P. Kool and A. Kurre and S. Mangold and T. Nef and P.
	  Pyk and R. Riener and C. Schuster and F. Tosi and P.F. Verschure and L.
    title={{New technologies and concepts for rehabilitation in the
	  acute phase of stroke: a collaborative matrix.}},
    journal={Neurodegenerative Diseases},
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