Internet-Based Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Intervention for Individuals with Hemiparesis
Protocol: 030-493263
Full Title
Internet-Based Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Intervention for Individuals with Hemiparesis
Description
The purpose of this study is to determine if participating in a modified constraint-induced movement therapy program (M-CIMT) through Internet monitoring sessions increases the amount of movement and use of your weak arm after a stroke and improves your ability to attend sessions in the comfort of your home.

You will participate in rehabilitation sessions over the Internet for one hour per day, two days per week, for approximately 6-8 weeks. In addition to the Internet rehabilitation sessions, we will meet as a group 1 day per week for 1-½ hours in the occupational therapy lab on South Campus.

Compensation is not available.

Technical Description

The specific study objective is to improve adherence to a modified constraint induced therapy (M-CIMT) program, which conventionally takes place in clinical settings. By transforming it to a home-based approach utilizing web conference technology, we will deliver lower intensity therapy for a longer period, providing encouragement, and thus hoping to increase adherence to the therapy. CIMT is an effective treatment strategy used for individuals with hemparesis usually as a result of a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, or another neurological condition and has been considered a gold standard. M-CIMT is a modified version of traditional CIMT using less intensive treatments over a longer period of time. A specific aim is to pilot test the feasibility and efficacy of a home-based Internet approach to implement M-CIMT.
Compensation: No
Eligibility
Adults 18-85;
Having persistent hemiparesis which causes impaired upper extremity function;
Being able to functionally transfer self independently;
Not receiving occupational therapy services;
Minimum six months post-stroke;
Should live in their own home in a community (not institutionalized) and be able to use a computer with Internet in their home.
Age Group: Adults
Principal Investigator: MARY MATTELIANO
Want to Learn More?
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