Content - Volume 28, Issue 1

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A criterion for stability of the motor function of the lower extremity in stroke patients using the Fugl-Meyer Assessment Scale
Líndal E, Stefánsson JG.Beckerman, Vogelaar TW, Lankhorst GJ, Verbeek AL.
A test-retest reproducibility study was performed to define a criterion for stability as opposed to change of motor function of the lower extremity in stroke patients. Forty-nine patients with stroke were examined twice by the same physiotherapist, using the Fugl-Meyer Assessment Scale. The interval between both measurements was three weeks. The mean differences between the first and the second me ...
Pages: 3-7
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A pilot study of rehabilitation at home after stroke: a health-economic appraisal
Widén Holmqvist L, de Pedro Cuesta J, Möller G, Holm M, Sidén A
This study aimed at describing the health-economic implications and organisational issues of rehabilitation at home in south-west Stockholm of 15 acute stroke patients, mean age 68. 2, male:female ratio 9:6, independent in feeding and continent one week after their stroke. Average patient satisfaction with different dimensions of care was 92%. Perceived dysfunction, by means of the Sickness Impact ...
Pages: 9-18
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Aphasia, dichotic testing and defective hearing
Norrsell U, Ramsing S, Rosenhall U, Blomstrand C.
Cerebral lesions causing aphasia are often found close to auditory areas. The aphasia may therefore sometimes be aggravated by hearing problems, which are concealed by communicative restrictions. Unilateral lesions of the cerebral auditory system influence the functional ear preference disclosed by dichotic tests. For that reason we have examined aphasic patients with recent, initial, unilateral b ...
Pages: 19-25
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A 5-year psycho-medical follow-up study of coronary by-pass artery graft patients
Líndal E, Hartharson P, Magnússon J, Alfrethsson H.
This is a 5-year follow-up study of coronary artery by-pass graft (CABG) patients. Our aim was: To study the development of previously rated psycho-medical aspects, with special reference to depression among the CABG patients. The patients were sent two questionnaires, one of which focused on psycho-medical factors and the other on depression. The average rate of participation was 80%. The most im ...
Pages: 27-31
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Connection between smoking and back pain--findings from an Icelandic general population study
Líndal E, Stefánsson JG.
The association between pain in general, back pain and smoking was studied in a sample of subjects from the general public (n = 862). The results show that smoking men had pain problems more frequently than women (p < 0. 0001). In comparison with non-smokers, smokers were found to have back pains more frequently (p < 0. 01). Male smokers were also found to have a higher frequency of intervertebral ...
Pages: 33-38
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Long-term sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders: the necessary intervention of work conditions
Ekberg K, Wildhagen I.
To make rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders effective it is crucial to identify circumstances that tend to support the persistence of sickness absence. A total of 93 patients with recently developed disorders in the neck and shoulders were followed for one year after rehabilitation, in order to identify factors associated with recovery and chronicity, respectively. Health status was evalua ...
Pages: 39-47
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