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Movement rehabilitation in virtual reality from then to now: how are we doing?

  • Alma S. Merians EMAIL logo , Gerard Fluet , Eugene Tunik , QinYin Qiu , Soha Saleh and Sergei Adamovich


During the past decade, there has been a continuous exploration of how virtual environments can be used to facilitate motor recovery and relearning after neurological impairment. There are two goals for using virtual environments: to improve patients’ rehabilitation outcomes beyond our current capabilities or to supplement labor-intensive and time consuming therapies with technology-based interventions. After over a decade of investigation, it seems appropriate to determine whether we are succeeding in meeting such goals.

Corresponding author: Alma S. Merians, PT, PhD, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 65 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07107, USA, E-mail:


This work was supported in part by NIH grant RO1 HD42161 and by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (Grant # H133E050011).


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Received: 2013-4-5
Accepted: 2013-5-23
Published Online: 2014-8-12
Published in Print: 2014-9-1

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