Reshaping Stroke Recovery

Posted in Occupational Therapy

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States. For patients recovering from a stroke, paralysis or loss of muscle movement on one side of the body can make daily chores and tasks more difficult to complete. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better assess and monitor patients recovering from stroke. Rachel Proffitt, assistant professor of occupational therapy in the MU School of Health Professions, and Marjorie Skubic, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the MU College of Engineering, created an intelligent depth sensor system that monitors the daily activities of patients recovering from a stroke in their own home. “This tool will provide a noninvasive look into how someone completes daily activities in their own home environment,” Proffitt said. “As an occupational therapist, I can change treatment...

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