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American Stroke Association Late-Breaking Science News Report: Stroke Survivors Can Improve Functioning of Paralyzed Arm Years After Stroke
Date:2/26/2010

"They had severe paralysis, and 33 percent had suffered multiple strokes," Lo said.

Patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups: robot-assisted therapy (49), human-assisted intensive-comparative therapy (50) and usual care (28).  Both the robot and intensive-comparative groups were asked to attend one-hour therapy sessions three times a week for 12 weeks.  They did the same number of similar arm exercises, and for the same lengths of time.  One group worked with a human therapist and one worked with a robot along with a therapist.  The usual care group received no extra therapy.

Of the 127 patients, 111 (87 percent) completed the study.  They were tested at the beginning of the trial and at six, 12, 24 and 36 weeks, using three scales for arm function.  One measured the disabled arm's basic motor function.  Another tested a patient's ability to do simple tasks, such as fold a towel.  The third used the patients' own views on how paralyzed arm function affected their daily activities and quality of life.

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