Robotic assessment of upper limb motor function after stroke

Sivakumar Balasubramanian, Roberto Colombo, Irma Sterpi, Vittorio Sanguineti, Etienne Burdet

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Traditional assessment of a stroke subject's motor ability, carried out by a therapist who observes and rates the subject's motor behavior using ordinal measurements scales, is subjective, time consuming and lacks sensitivity. Rehabilitation robots, which have been the subject of intense inquiry over the last decade, are equipped with sensors that are used to develop objective measures of motor behaviors in a semiautomatedway during therapy. This article reviews the current contributions of robotassisted motor assessment of the upper limb. It summarizes the variousmeasures related to movement performance, the models of motor recovery in stroke subjects and the relationship of roboticmeasures to standard clinicalmeasures. It analyses the possibilities offered by current robotic assessment techniques and the aspects to address to make robotic assessment a mainstream motor assessment method.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number11 SUPPL.3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Clinical Scales
  • Motor Recovery
  • Quantitative Assessment
  • Review
  • Robot-Assisted Neurorehabilitation
  • Robotic Assessment
  • Sensorimotor Assessment
  • Sensorimotor Function
  • Stroke
  • Upper Limb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)

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