Quantitative measures with WREX usage

IEEE Int Conf Rehabil Robot. 2017 Jul:2017:1375-1380. doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009440.


This paper presents the results of two surveys conducted with users of a functional upper extremity orthosis called the Wilmington Robotic EXoskeleton (WREX). The WREX is a passive anti-gravity arm orthosis that allows people with neuromuscular disabilities to move their arms in three dimensions. An online user survey with 55 patients was conducted to determine the benefits of the WREX. The survey asked 10 questions related to upper extremity function with and without the WREX as well as subjective impressions of the device. A second survey used a phone interview based on the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). Parents rated their child's performance and satisfaction while partaking in important activities both with and without the exoskeleton device. Scores were assessed for change between the two conditions. Twenty-five families responded to this survey. Twenty-four out of 25 subjects reported greater levels of performance and satisfaction when they were wearing the WREX. The mean change in performance score was 3.61 points, and the mean change in satisfaction score was 4.44 points. Results show a statistically significant improvement in arm function for everyday tasks with the WREX.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Exoskeleton Device*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / rehabilitation
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Upper Extremity / physiopathology*
  • Young Adult