Content - Volume 41, Issue 9
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Refugees have often been exposed to torture in their countries of origin. A core issue is the resulting multifaceted presentation of somatic, psychological and social problems in the same individual, leading to severe activity limitations and participation restrictions. An international conference,
“Rehabilitating Torture Survivors”, was organized by the Rehabilitation and Research Centre fo ...
Objective: To determine the effectiveness of mobility device interventions in terms of activity and participation for people with mobility limitations.
Design: Systematic review. Search of 7 databases during the period 1996 to 2008.
Methods: Controlled studies and non-controlled follow-up studies were included if they covered both baseline and follow-up data and focused on activity and partici ...
Objective: To clarify the relationship between malnutrition and dysphagia following stroke.
Design: Systematic review.
Methods: All published trials that had examined both the swallowing ability and nutritional status of subjects following stroke were identified. Pooled analyses were performed to establish whether the odds of being malnourished were increased given the presence of dysphagia.
Objective: Significant numbers of younger persons with stroke should be given the opportunity to return to work. The aim of this study was to investigate factors of importance for return to work among persons after first ever stroke, in the age range 18–55 years.
Methods: A questionnaire was sent to all persons who had experienced a first ever stroke, 18–55 years of age, registered in the Sw ...
Objective: To identify the effect of chair seat height and turning direction on the Timed Up and Go scores of patients after stroke.
Design: A cross-sectional study.
Setting: A geriatric day hospital in Hong Kong.
Subjects: Twenty-five patients with sub-acute stroke.
Methods: The time taken to complete the Timed Up and Go test with various chair seat heights (65%, 90% and 115% of each subj ...
Objective: To examine the validity, reliability and usefulness of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure for the UK spinal cord injury population.
Design: Multi-centre cohort study.
Setting: Four UK regional spinal cord injury centres.
Subjects: Eighty-six people with spinal cord injury.
Interventions: Spinal Cord Independence Measure and Functional Independence Measure on admission analysed ...
Objective: To determine whether pulmonary function at discharge from inpatient rehabilitation can predict respiratory infection in spinal cord injury in the first year after discharge, and to determine which pulmonary function parameter predicts best.
Design: Multicentre prospective cohort study.
Subjects: A total of 140 persons with spinal cord injury.
Methods: Pulmonary function was tested ...
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of repetitive locomotor training using a newly developed electromechanical gait device compared with treadmill training/gait training with respect to patient’s ambulatory motor outcome, necessary personnel resources, and discomfort experienced by therapists and patients.
Methods: Randomized, controlled, cross-over trial. Sixteen non-ambulatory patients ...
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of different volumes of saline vehicle on the effects of botulinum toxin type A in reducing ankle plantarflexor spasticity and improving gait pattern in children with cerebral palsy.
Design: Children with cerebral palsy having ankle plantarflexor spasticity were recruited. They were divided randomly into 2 groups. Botulinum toxin ...
Objective: To evaluate upper limb functioning, restrictions on participation and the independent contribution of upper and lower limb disability to participation in hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy 1a.
Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.
Subjects: Forty-nine patients with hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy 1a.
Methods: Perceived upper limb functioning was evaluated using t ...
Objective: To evaluate the effects of pool exercise in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain and to determine characteristics influencing the effects of treatment.
Methods: A total of 134 women with fibromyalgia and 32 with chronic widespread pain were randomized to a 20-session pool exercise and a 6-session education programme or to a control group undertaking the same educatio ...
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of Qigong in rehabilitation for patients with burnout.
Design: Prospective, randomized controlled trial.
Subjects: Eighty-two patients (68 women and 14 men, mean age 44. 3 (standard deviation 9. 1) years) diagnosed with burnout.
Methods: Basic care was offered to both the intervention and the control group. Patients in the intervention group received bas ...
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore and analyse the experience of living with long-term neck/shoulder pain and its effect on daily life.
Design: A thematic interview study with emergent design.
Subjects: Twelve patients in primary care (6 women and 6 men) with long-term neck/shoulder pain.
Methods: Thematic interviews analysed using grounded theory.
Results: A conceptual model ...
Objective: To report an unusual case of significant neurological recovery in a 26-year-old growth hormone-deficient female patient with significant neurological sequelae resulting from brain surgery at 11 years of age.
Design: Case report.
Results: Most of the neurological sequelae present at admission recovered after 8 months of combined growth hormone administration and kinesitherapy/speech ...