Why We Love AND Hate Our Robots: Implications for Everyday Clinical Practice
Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: NE-2C-6499
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 150AB

Speaker(s):   Jules Dewald, PT, PhD
  Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  Kristen Hohl, PT, DPT
  Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD
  Catherine Lang, PT, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Description:
Understanding how we might leverage technology to improve rehabilitation outcomes has become vitally important in 21st century physical therapist practice. This session will explore encouraging and discouraging research on the utilization and efficacy of robotic technology in the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological diagnoses such as stroke and spinal cord injury. The speakers will discuss the rationale for the discrepancy in outcomes, emphasizing the smart use of robotics as a measurement/intervention vs assistive/mobility tools for clinicians. Upper extremity robotics and overground lower limb robotic devices will be covered. In addition to reviewing the research literature, the presenters will describe a firsthand perspective of the implementation of the robotic devices into clinical practice and the need to use robots in novel, science-underpinned ways that will complement our clinical practice. Attendees will learn about the implications for clinical practice, including considerations of health care economics. Finally, the use of robotic technology as compared to other evidenced-based therapies or practices will be debated with respect to the advantages and disadvantages of each intervention strategy, patient populations that may benefit, and future research directions.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the current evidence that supports and refutes the incorporation of robotic technologies into clinical practice.

2. Discuss current appropriate patient characteristics, implementation and evaluation strategies, and outcomes from the use of robotic technologies in rehab.

3. Summarize the current limitations of the use of robotic technologies in practice.

4. Summerize future research directions to facilitate closing the gaps in current literature by using robots as science-underpinned measurement and intervention tools.


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