Osong Public Health Res Perspect.  2018 Oct;9(5):225-230. 10.24171/j.phrp.2018.9.5.03.

The Effects of Task-Oriented Circuit Training Using Rehabilitation Tools on the Upper-Extremity Functions and Daily Activities of Patients with Acute Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Standard and Policy, National Rehabilitation Center, National Rehabilitation Research Institute, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Occupational Therapy, Jungwon University, Geosan, Korea. reliance80@jwu.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Occupational Therapy, Glory Rehabilitation Hospital, Incheon, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of task-oriented circuit training (TOCT) using the rehabilitation tools for upper extremity function upon the daily life of patients with acute stroke.
Eighteen patients with acute stroke were randomly allocated into either the experimental group or the control group. The experimental group performed the TOCT program using rehabilitation tools, whilst the control group had neuro-developmental treatment. Both groups received 30 minutes of treatment per session, 5~6 times per week, for 4 weeks. The assessments conducted were the Fugl-Meyer assessment, motor activity log and stroke impact scale to compare the upper extremity function and activities of daily living.
The results showed a significant improvement in the TOCT group compared with the neuro-developmental treatment group in the amount of motor activity use and high stroke impact score, indicating recovery (p < 0.05).
The TOCT program using rehabilitation tools could have a positive impact on acute stroke patients use of their upper extremity.


rehabilitation tools; stroke; circuit training; upper extremity
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