Edited by: Thierry Keller, Verena Klamroth-Marganska, and Robert Riener
An article collection in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Assessments constitute a clinical necessity and determine the neurorehabilitation process. The emergence of new engineering methods and computer technologies leads to an increasing number of robotic systems that facilitate quantitative assessment of motor recovery in neurorehabilitation. However, the different devices lack common rules regarding the implementation and administration of the assessment methods.
The project “STate of the Art Robot-Supported assessments STARS ” as part of the COST Action TD1006 “European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation” was intended to harmonize robot-supported assessment and give recommendations for the development, implementation and administration of robot-supported measures. It equally serves clinical practitioners, technology developers, manufacturers, and scientists who are active in the field of neurorehabilitation.
The included measures comprise relevant aspects of body function, body structure and activity and are categorized combining the patients’ and the technical perspectives. The measures are agnostic, meaning that they do not target assessment of one particular neurological disease but cover illnesses ranging from inborn neurological disorders to degenerative diseases or traumatic injury.
These standards deliver a comprehensive source of information regarding the administration of robot-supported assessments of the upper extremity, and suggestions for the development of measures and their implementation. We hope to provide a perspective on which to base future developments of technically-advanced assessments in sensory motor rehabilitation.
This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors. The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors declare no competing interests.