CI Therapy Research Projects
Stroke Rehabilitation Study
Tele-rehabilitation Automated Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Tele-AutoCITE is the acronym for Tele-rehabilitation Automated Constraint-Induced Therapy Extender. It is an automated system of arm tasks that was developed to assist therapists in the delivery of CI Movement Therapy in the home environment.
The automated devices are connected to a computer and video monitor. They have sensors that monitor performance and transmit the information to a computer which then provides performance feedback to the patient in an easy-to-understand form. The different tasks on Tele-AutoCITE target specific movements. Improvement on them will translate into improvement on everyday tasks. The tasks were derived from similar activities that are used in traditional CI therapy when it is carried out in a clinic. The Tele-AutoCITE is designed to connect the home to the clinic using the Internet, allowing therapists to view progress and provide feedback to patients while they are performing therapy activities at home.
If you qualify for the research study, you will be randomized to either tele-AutoCITE which is a home-based automated CI therapy or traditional CI therapy in the clinic, and the treatment is at no cost to you.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Rehabilitation Study
The MS rehabilitation study is a randomized research trial. The participants will be assigned to either the CI therapy group or the Complementary / Alternative Medicine (CAM) group. The CAM therapy group combines gentle to moderate holistic exercise (land-based and/or combined with water-based), breathing techniques, muscle and mind relaxation, music relaxation, and massage therapy.
How do I get involved in the above research studies?
At this time we are recruiting participants who had a stroke at least one year earlier, or who have multiple sclerosis. In addition to the telephone questionnaire, potential participants will be evaluated by our physicians and therapists to ensure that they will have a good chance of benefitting from our research study.