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New app offers support to clinicians on rehabilitation strategies for stroke patients

A new, first-of-its-kind app is now available to support clinicians with decisions on best practice rehabilitation strategies for patients with arm impairment due to stroke. The ViaTherapy app, developed through a worldwide collaboration of stroke rehab researchers is the result of a five-year process which aimed to make the Stroke Rehabilitation Guidelines more accessible to clinicians. ViaTherapy translates the guidelines to a decision-making algorithm for occupational therapists and physiotherapists to use with their patients. The app's internal algorithm considers information inputted by the clinician: how long it has been since the patient's stroke, how severe their impairment is and whether they have any additional medical conditions. Based on these factors, it offers a list of suggestions of which rehabilitation exercises would best promote progress for the patient, such as assessments of certain movements and electrical stimulation for motor recovery.

(Published: 12th April 2017 Source: https://goo.gl/Y6bPz2 )

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