Technology advancing care in stroke rehab

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A new, first-of-its-kind app developed under the leadership of Toronto Rehab Scientists offers personalized rehab therapy for stroke patients with arm impairment.

The ViaTherapy app, developed through a worldwide collaboration of stroke rehab researchers co-led by Drs. Mark Bayley, Medical Director, Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program, Toronto Rehab, and Steven Wolf of Emory University, 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 right treatment for a patient today may not be the right treatment for them in three weeks," says Dr. Bayley. "In a sports setting, a good coach will always progress training as the player gets better. We tried to capture how a clinician should also evolve therapy to involve new treatments depending on how far along the patient is in their recovery."

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In Photo (UHN): Dr. Bayley demonstrates the ViaTherapy app in Toronto Rehab’s Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic