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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 265634, 5 pages
Research Article

Robotic Upper Limb Rehabilitation after Acute Stroke by NeReBot: Evaluation of Treatment Costs

1Rehabilitation Unit, Department of Neurosciences, University of Padova, via Giustiniani 1, 35128 Padova, Italy
2Medical Management, Eremo Hospital, Arco (Trento), Italy
3Neurorehabilitation Unit, Eremo Hospital, Arco (Trento), Italy
4Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Provincial Agency for Health Services of Trento, Italy
5Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padova, Italy

Received 17 January 2014; Accepted 18 March 2014; Published 23 April 2014

Academic Editor: Stefano Paolucci

Copyright © 2014 Masiero Stefano et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Stroke is the first cause of disability. Several robotic devices have been developed for stroke rehabilitation. Robot therapy by NeReBot is demonstrated to be an effective tool for the treatment of poststroke paretic upper limbs, able to improve the activities of daily living of stroke survivors when used both as additional treatment and in partial substitution of conventional rehabilitation therapy in the acute and subacute phases poststroke. This study presents the evaluation of the costs related to delivering such therapy, in comparison with conventional rehabilitation treatment. By comparing several NeReBot treatment protocols, made of different combinations of robotic and nonrobotic exercises, we show that robotic technology can be a valuable and economically sustainable aid in the management of poststroke patient rehabilitation.