Sensorimotor training in virtual environments produces similar outcomes to real world training with greater efficiency

Gerard G. Fluet, Alma Merians, Qinyin Qiu, Sergei Adamovich

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Abstract

This study attempts to identify a difference between a virtually simulated program of repetitive task practice and a similar program of traditionally presented activities. 30 subjects with chronic stroke performed one of the two programs for eight three hour sessions which were performed in a two week period. Both groups demonstrated statistically significant improvements in Upper Extemity Fugyl-Meyer Assessment (UEFMA), Wolf Motor Test and Jebsen-Taylor Tests of Hand Function. Gains in UEFMA were maintained at follow-up. WMFT and JTHF retention scores exceeded baseline at a less than significant level. When comparing the two groups, there were no statistically significant differences at any of the three measurement times and no significant group time interactions. Notable differences in therapist supervision and space requirements suggest that VR based interventions may be able to produce comparable outcomes in a more efficient manner. Continued decreases in the cost of technology may leverage these efficiencies to the point that VR based interventions may become a more cost effective alternative than real-world based therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages114-118
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479907748
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2013Aug 29 2013

Publication series

Name2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013

Other

Other2013 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period8/26/138/29/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

Keywords

  • Robot assistant rehabilitation
  • Virtual reality

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