This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition stroke
Treatment mobile service robot
Sponsor University of Pennsylvania
Start date February 2014
End date December 2016
Trial size 62 participants
Trial identifier NCT02779517, 819669


By developing an affordable mobile service robot for therapeutic activities in a health center environment, this project addresses the issue of both the high cost and man-power required to provide rehabilitation for stroke survivors and other patients. Our goal is to measure users - clinician and patient - responses to a telepresence robot, VGo, that has been modified with a humanoid torso robot, NAO, to facilitate remote communication between the patient and clinician, and to complete supervisory exercise coaching.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Healthcare Professionals and subjects with or without an upper extremity disability will be asked to observe and interact with the mobile service robot.
mobile service robot
The goal is to build a low-cost mobile service robot that will focus on the simple, but key, repetitive, data-driven tasks that robots do well. Rather than attempt to create a robot helper that mimics humans, the goal is to free human caregivers from the time-consuming tasks that robots can accomplish with facility, thereby allowing humans to focus on tasks that humans do best (i.e. human contact).

Primary Outcomes

Perception of the interaction with the robot
time frame: up to 1 week
Usability of the robot
time frame: up to 1 week
Sociability with the robot
time frame: up to 1 week

Secondary Outcomes

Design requirements
time frame: up to 1 week

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Certified rehabilitation healthcare professionals - Participants with upper extremity disabilities - Participant must be older than 18 years Exclusion Criteria: -Less than 18 years of age

Additional Information

Official title Mobile Service Robot for Task-Oriented Stroke Therapy: User Evaluations
Principal investigator Michelle J Johnson, PhD
Description This is a short demonstration and survey study. Clinical staff and patients will be gathered together and our idea for the mobile service robot will discussed. A demonstration of the telepresence feature of the robots and the NAO robot greeting and helping them with simple exercises will follow (e.g., pick up and object that is handy and lift their hands over their heads). The approximately 30-minute demonstration part of the study will start with an introduction and explanation about the project and a short speech about the Rehabilitation and Robotics Lab. After the demonstration the oral consent will be read and surveys will be handed out to those study participants who agree to complete them; if necessary, the research team will assist the study participant with the survey. Surveys will then be collected, and the group will be thanked by the research team.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Pennsylvania.