Examining the Evidence for Exoskeletons

Evidence Based Medicine on Exoskeletons for Persons with SCI and CVA



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With people suffering profound limitations in many areas of life after a spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke (CVA), effective rehabilitation tools and personal use devices are increasingly essential to successful patient outcomes. In this course, Dr. Michelle Martin reviews the evidence on the benefits of exoskeletons, first analyzing the hierarchy of evidence followed by an in-depth analysis of the current research on the primary and secondary benefits of exoskeleton use for individuals with SCI and CVA. Utilizing a patient case study video as well as a lecture by Karen Nolan on the benefits of exoskeletons, the course presents the latest research on the benefits of using an exoskeleton and how these devices can help more than just a patient’s ability to walk. Emphasizing conclusions drawn from the literature with respect to the strength of each study, Dr. Martin will use the PowerPoint slides with instructor notes and Research Summary to guide clinicians through research pertaining to exoskeletons, including safety and efficacy, bowel, bladder, spasticity, pain, body composition, bone density, cardiopulmonary fitness, metabolism, and quality of life. The course will address gait parameters and deviations and how exoskeletons can stand out compared to traditional physical therapy. Finally, as a member of the Indego team, Dr. Martin will present analysis of four articles specific to the Indego exoskeleton.

This course is intended to provide the learner with the materials needed to submit to his or her state boards for 2 hours of CEU credit. The course includes a PowerPoint lecture with instructor notes, a Research Summary of all references cited, two scholarly articles on exoskeletons for SCI and CVA as required reading, two articles on exoskeletons for optional reading, two supplementary videos- one of a case study of a patient using an exoskeleton post-CVA and another highlighting the role and potential benefits of an exoskeleton in rehabilitation of persons with CVA. After reviewing these materials, clinicians will be prompted to answer a 10 question quiz reviewing their comprehension and application of the presented materials. All materials including author bio, course description, PowerPoint slides with notes, Research Summary, articles and videos, as well as a list of references cited are included in this continuing education course. A certificate of completion of 2 hours will be issued upon passing of this course, which is determined as a score of 80% or greater on the post-test.

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