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Virtual Mirror Therapy System for Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury Patients with Hemiplegia

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Title: Virtual Mirror Therapy System for Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury Patients with Hemiplegia
Author: MacNeil, Laura B. L.
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Abdullah, Hussein
Abstract: Virtual Mirror Therapy (VMT) has seldom been combined and investigated for stroke and acquired brain injury population. Virtual reality (VR) applications for upper extremity have been studied in a wide range of populations with varying degrees of impairment severity. A clinical study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the VMT vs. TMT for stroke patients with hemiplegia using assessment clinical methods (CMSA, CAHAI) and in-session repetition data. The designed VMT system was tested in a pilot clinical randomized control trial (RCT) with a population of 7 participants. Each participant received 30 minutes of treatment, five days a week, for 4 - 6 weeks. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either TMT or VMT treatment. Clinical assessments were conducted pre and post treatment. Results of this pilot study showed VMT has strong potential to have an impact on improving upper extremity function in stroke and acquired brain injury.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/11623
Date: 2017-10-05


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