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Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation

Volume 1 of the series Biosystems & Biorobotics pp 1037-1041

Virtual Reality Based Tool for Motor Function Assessment in Stroke Survivors

  • B. RubioAffiliated withLaboratory of Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS), Center of Autonomous Systems and Neurorobotics (NRAS), University Pompeu Fabra
  • , J. NirmeAffiliated withLaboratory of Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS), Center of Autonomous Systems and Neurorobotics (NRAS), University Pompeu Fabra
  • , E. DuarteAffiliated withServicio de Medicina Física y Rehabilitación, Hospitals Mar-Esperança, Parc de Salut Mar. Institut Municipal d’Investigació Mèdica (IMIM), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • , A. CuxartAffiliated withServicio de Rehabilitación, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron
  • , S. RodriguezAffiliated withServicio de Rehabilitación, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron
  • , A. DuffAffiliated withLaboratory of Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS), Center of Autonomous Systems and Neurorobotics (NRAS), University Pompeu Fabra
  • , P. F. M. J. VerschureAffiliated withLaboratory of Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS), Center of Autonomous Systems and Neurorobotics (NRAS), University Pompeu Fabra

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Abstract

This paper studies the reliability of the Rehabilitation Gaming System (RGS) on the evaluation of motor function in stroke patients. We developed a virtual reality (VR) scenario for motor function assessment and we tested it in 18 stroke patients. We found strong correlations between the parameters obtained from the virtual reality scenario (work area, covered distance, and fingers excursion) and standardized clinical scales for motor function, spasticity, and performance in activities of daily living.