Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2016 10 4;11(7):535-47. Epub 2015 Sep 4.
c Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT), Interactive, Intelligent, Interdisciplinary and Integrated Robotic Lab (IntRoLab), INTER, The Strategic Network on Engineering Interactive Technologies for Rehabilitation, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies , and.
Purpose: Rehabilitation professionals have little information concerning lower limb exoskeletons for people with paraplegia. This study has four objectives: (1) Outline the characteristics of the exoskeletons' design and their usefulness evidence as assistive mobility devices in the community for the Rewalk™, Mina, Indego®, Ekso™ (previously known as the eLEGS™) and Rex®; (2) document functional mobility outcomes of using these exoskeletons; (3) document secondary skills and benefits achieved with these exoskeletons, safety, user satisfaction and applicability in the community; and (4) establish level of scientific evidence of the selected studies.
Method: A systematic review of the literature (January 2004 to April 2014) was done using the databases PubMed, CINAHL and Embase and groups of keywords associated with "exoskeleton", "lower limb" and "paraplegia". Read More