Why effectiveness of robot-mediated neurorehabilitation does not necessarily influence its adoption

Giuseppe Turchetti, Nicola Vitiello, Leopoldo Trieste, Stefano Romiti, Elie Geisler, Silvestro Micera

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This paper discusses the reasons why evidence of clinical effectiveness is not enough to facilitate adequate adoption of robotic technologies for upper-limb neurorehabilitation. The paper also provides a short review of the state of the art technologies. In particular, the paper highlights the barriers to the adoption of these technologies by the markets in which they are, or should be, deployed. On the other hand, the paper explores how low rates of adoption may depend on communication biases between the producers of the technologies and potential adopters. Finally, it is shown that, although technology-efficacy issues are usually well-documented, barriers to adoption also originate from the lack of solid evidence of the economic implications of the new technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6718049
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cable suspensions
  • dissemination
  • economic barriers
  • effectiveness
  • endpoint manipulator
  • exoskeleton
  • rehabilitation robotics
  • robot-mediated poststroke rehabilitation
  • technology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)


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