Applying a soft-robotic glove as assistive device and training tool with games to support hand function after stroke: Preliminary results on feasibility and potential clinical impact

G.B. Prange, Bob Radder, Anke I.R. Kottink, Alejandro Melendez-Calderon, Jaap H. Buurke, Johan S. Rietman

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    Recent technological developments regarding wearable soft-robotic devices extend beyond the current application of rehabilitation robotics and enable unobtrusive support of the arms and hands during daily activities. In this light, the HandinMind (HiM) system was developed, comprising a soft-robotic, grip supporting glove with an added computer gaming environment. The present study aims to gain first insight into the feasibility of clinical application of the HiM system and its potential impact. In order to do so, both the direct influence of the HiM system on hand function as assistive device and its therapeutic potential, of either assistive or therapeutic use, were explored. A pilot randomized clinical trial was combined with a cross-sectional measurement (comparing performance with and without glove) at baseline in 5 chronic stroke patients, to investigate both the direct assistive and potential therapeutic effects of the HiM system. Extended use of the soft-robotic glove as assistive device at home or with dedicated gaming exercises in a clinical setting was applicable and feasible. A positive assistive effect of the soft-robotic glove was proposed for pinch strength and functional task performance 'lifting full cans' in most of the five participants. A potential therapeutic impact was suggested with predominantly improved hand strength in both participants with assistive use, and faster functional task performance in both participants with therapeutic application.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2017
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538622964
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2017
    EventIEEE 15th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2017 - QEII Centre, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Jul 201720 Jul 2017
    Conference number: 15


    ConferenceIEEE 15th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2017
    Abbreviated titleICORR 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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