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A Technological Triumph: Computer-Based Rhythm Training Aids Stroke-Induced Arm Hemiparesis

Published in American Journal of Occupational Therapy


Adult, Motor Skills

This study demonstrates the significant functional gains made by two male stroke patients during their chronic recovery stages, years after their initial strokes, following their participation in Interactive Metronome (IM) training.

The training was administered for 60 minutes, three days a week over four weeks.

Remarkable improvements were observed in both patients in areas such as reduced arm impairment, improved functional ability, enhanced quality of life, and perception of overall recovery.

These outcomes were measured using several assessments including the Fugl-Meyer Scale (upper extremity section), the Arm Motor Activity Test, the Quality of Movement Scale, and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure.

The investigators conducting the assessments were kept blind to the intervention provided in the study.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

Computer-Based Rhythm and Timing Training in Severe, Stroke-Induced Arm Hemiparesis

YEAR: 2011


AUTHOR: Sarah C. Beckelhimer, Ann E. Dalton, Charissa A. Richter, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Valerie Hermann & Stephen J. Page

The Two men in the chronic stage of recovery from stroke demonstrated reduced arm impairment (indicated by FM scores of 12.0 and 14.0) and increases in average functional ability (10.85 and 11.1 points on the AMAT), perceived quality of life (12.0 and132.0 points on the SIS), and perception of overall recovery (110.0 points for each participant on the SIS) following combination of Interactive Metronome (IM) training.


  • n=2 male subjects, 68 year old male 23 years post-CVA & 75 year old male 2 years, 2 months post-CVA • IM training was provided for 60 minutes, 3 days/week for 4 weeks
  • Investigators that conducted assessments were blind the intervention provided in the study, including:
    • Fugl-Meyer Scale (FM) – upper extremity section
    • Arm Motor Activity Test (AMAT)
    • Quality of Movement Scale
    • Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)

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