A new method for evaluating kinesthetic acuity during haptic interaction
De Santis, D.
Date of Issue2014
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Robotics Research Centre
Although proprioceptive impairment is likely to affect in a significant manner the capacity of stroke patients to recover functionality of upper limb, clinical assessment methods currently in use are rather crude, with a low level of reliability and a limited capacity to discriminate the relevant features of this severe deficit. In the present paper, we describe a new technique based on robot technology, with the goal of providing a reliable, accurate, and quantitative evaluation of kinesthetic acuity, which can be integrated in robot therapy. The proposed technique, based on a pulsed assistance paradigm, has been evaluated on a group of healthy subjects.
DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences::Human anatomy and physiology
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