Content - Volume 39, Issue 3
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The evidence to support stroke rehabilitation has expanded dramatically in the last decade. In order to ensure that the resultant research findings can be generalized to all patients after stroke, research in the next decade must shift to multicentre trial activity. Published evidence from the stroke unit, early supported discharge and out-patient trials is strong and supports the beneficial effec ...
Objective: To study the allocation of rehabilitation measures provided by the Finnish Social Insurance Institution in relation to the characteristics and health status of rehabilitants.
Design: A register linkage study.
Subjects: A total of 67,106 full-time local government employees with a minimum of 10-month job contracts in 10 Finnish towns during the period 1994–2002.
Methods: Data on th ...
Objective: This study examined the additional therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture for patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke.
Design: Randomized controlled study.
Subjects: A total of 63 patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke.
Methods: The study and control groups underwent a conventional rehabilitation program, with the former receiving an additional 8 courses of electroacupuncture ...
Objective: To evaluate a selective implantable drop foot stimulator (ActiGait) in terms of effect on walking and safety.
Design: A phase II trial in which a consecutive sample of participants acted as their own controls.
Subjects: People who had suffered a stroke at least 6 months prior to recruitment and had a drop-foot that affected walking were recruited from 3 rehabilitation centres in Denma ...
Objective: To compare life satisfaction within couples one year after a partner’s stroke and with norm values and social factors.
Subjects and methods: A total of 56 couples were consecutively included. The respondents estimated life satisfaction using the Life Satisfaction Checklist 9-item version. Patients’ impairments, self-care ability and handicap were assessed. Social characteristics ...
Objective: To assess to what extent individual physical therapy treatment goals for children with cerebral palsy are reflected in 2 standardized measures: the GMFM-88 and the PEDI.
Subjects: A total of 36 paediatric physical therapists working in primary healthcare with children with cerebral palsy in their caseload.
Methods: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Heal ...
Objective: To investigate the short- and long-term effects of a multidisciplinary postoperative rehabilitation programme in patients with femoral neck fracture.
Design and Subjects: A randomized controlled trial in patients (n = 199) with femoral neck fracture, aged ≥ 70 years.
Methods: The primary outcomes were: living conditions, walking ability and activities of daily living performance on ...
Objective: Cardiac rehabilitation remains grossly under-utilized despite its proven benefits. This study prospectively compared verified cardiac rehabilitation enrollment following automatic vs usual referral, postulating that automatic referral would result in significantly greater enrollment for cardiac rehabilitation.
Design: Prospective controlled multi-center study.
Patients and methods: ...
Objective: To assess the effect of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation in important patient subgroups.
Design: Prospective cohort study.
Subjects: Consecutive patients from March 1999 until July 2003.
Methods: This study assessed the results of symptom-limited bicycle stress testing and health-related quality of life (Profil der Lebensqualität Chronisch Kranker) at baseline and after a 3-month r ...
Background: Many patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders have reduced neuromuscular control of the neck and head. It has been proposed that a new sling exercise therapy may promote neuromuscular control of the neck.
Objectives: To compare the effects of traditional physiotherapy vs traditional physiotherapy combined with a new sling exercise therapy on discomfort and function in pa ...
Objective: The main aims of this study were: (i) to determine, for chronic whiplash-associated disorders, whether widespread pain has more severe consequences for other symptoms and different aspects of perceived health than does local/regional pain; (ii) to investigate whether pain, depression, and symptoms not directly related to pain are intercorrelated and to what extent these symptoms correla ...