Comparing The Cyberlink Control System to the Manual Letter Board for Communication Purposes in the ALS Patient Population
New technologies are giving people with motor disabilities alternative communication and control channels. The investigators are interested in using the Cyberlink Control System as a hands free means to access a computer for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The goal of this project is to determine whether this device is a practical and realistic means for ALS patients to communicate with only the use of facial muscle, brainwave, and eye movements.
The benefit of this study may be of substantial value to many people with severe motor impairment. Additionally, it is hoped that some of the study subjects may benefit by incorporating hands-free computer use into their daily lives.
This study is intended to evaluate the effectiveness of the cyberlink as a tool for daily communication compared to the standard manual letter board.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Comparing The Cyberlink Control System to the Manual Letter Board for Communication Purposes in the ALS Patient Population|
- Time Taken to Complete a Sentence [ Time Frame: 1 session ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Subjects having either definite or probable ALS by El Escorial Criteria.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|MDA/ALS Center of Hope|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107|
|Principal Investigator:||Terry Heiman-Patterson, MD||MDA/ALS Center of Hope|