Stroke patients demonstrated promising improvement through telerehabilitation delivered via the 9zest Stroke Rehab mobile health app, according to a recent study.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke and the Fogarty International Center funded the study, which was published recently in the Journal of Neurological Science and included 20 stroke patients approximately 6 months post-stroke.
“In the present study, we noted significant amelioration of existing deficits among patients involved in this study particularly in motor impairments as well as cognition function… We have demonstrated feasibility and excellent user satisfaction involved with administering a mobile phone administered physical rehabilitation intervention for stroke survivors,” the researchers note, in a media release from 9zest.
This study’s results demonstrate improvement to patients’ stroke levity scale scores (SLS), Modified Rankin scale (MRS), and Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA), and concludes that, “overall, the intervention was associated with improvements in baseline motor deficits over the 12 weeks of follow-up.”
“This is a great validation of our belief that mobile health can transform how therapy is delivered,” explains Manoj Agarwala, 9zest co-founder and CEO, in the release. Manoj developed the app after his own experiences with Parkinson’s disease, and used it for his own teletherapy use.
[Source(s): 9zest, Business Wire]