Telerehabilitation in upper limb recovery after stroke: a systematic review
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AuthorGarcía Ciordia, Laura
ABSTRACT: Background: The use of telerehabilitation (TRHB) and virtual reality (VR) devices like Nintendo Wii TM (NW), is becoming a more viable treatment for stroke recovery as communication technologies improves, however, is currently unclear how effective is this model compared to conventional physical therapy (CPT) with face to face rehabilitation. Goals: Reviewing the scientific literature and results about the feasibility of using a telerehabilitation (TRHB) device, virtual reality (VR) and Nintendo WiiTM (NW) as an adjunct to conventional stroke rehabilitation in order to determine if is preferable to apply telerehabilitation at clinical practice. Methodology and materials: Pubmed, The Cochrane Library and PEDro were the databases of choice for the search of randomized controlled trials until 7th April of 2016 using “Telerehabilitation”, “Virtual reality”, “Wii”, “Upper Limb” and “Stroke” as key words. 7 scientific articles have been included in this systematic review. Results: In general, patients have improved after treatment but non-significant differences were found after de intervention. All participants had better Fulg-Meyer scale outcomes in upper limb motor functionality. Discussion We behold promising clinical application but it is necessary to continue with further studies in this field.