Journal article

SMART Arm with Outcome-Triggered Electrical Stimulation: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial

Kathryn S Hayward, Ruth N Barker, Sandra G Brauer, David Lloyd, Sally A Horsley, Richard G Carson

TOPICS IN STROKE REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The SMART (SensoriMotor Active Rehabilitation Training) Arm is a nonrobotic device designed to allow stroke survivors with severe paresis to practice reaching. It can be used with or without outcome-triggered electrical stimulation (OT-stim) to augment movement. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of SMART Arm training when used with or without OT-stim, in addition to usual care, as compared with usual care alone during inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: Eight stroke survivors received 20 hours of SMART Arm training over 4 weeks; they were randomly assigned to either (1) SMART Arm training with OT-stim or (2) SMART Arm training alone. Usual therapy was also provide..

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