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ORIGINAL REPORT
BOOK REVIEW
Olle Höök
Pages: 196-196
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THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SPINAL SAGITTAL CONFIGURATION, JOINT MOBILITY, GENERAL LOW BACK MOBILITY AND SEGMENTAL MOBILITY IN FEMALE HOMECARE PERSONNEL
Gunnar Lundberg, and Björn Gerdle
The aim of this study was to investigate joint mobility, segmental and general spinal mobility and their interrelationship in 607 women working as homecare personnel. Joint mobility (mainly periph- eral) was estimated using the “Beighton” score. Spinal posture and mobility were measured by Debrunner’s kyphometer. Passive segmental mobility and pain provocation were estimated manually. Reliab ...
Pages: 197-206
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LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF A PULMONARY REHABILITATION PROGRAMME IN OUTPATIENTS WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDY
Carl-Peter Engström, Lars-Olof Persson, Sven Larsson and Marianne Sullivan
Fifty patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (FEV1 ` 50% pred.) were randomized to a rehabilitation group and a control group. The rehabilitation group took part in an individualized multidisciplinary, outpatient 12-month rehabilitation programme. Exercise training was intensive during the first 6 weeks and was then gradually replaced by an individual home-training programme an ...
Pages: 207-213
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LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF HEART TRANSPLANTATION: THE GAP BETWEEN PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
Brigitta Bunzel and Kurt Laederach-Hofmann
The purpose of our study was to assess physical and emotional factors in heart transplant patients. A prospective design was used to compare patients’ physical symptoms, emotional complaints, and restrictions at admission to the waiting list, immediately after, and 1 and 5 years after heart transplantation. Thirty-three patients were included (30 male, 3 female) in the study. Their mean age at a ...
Pages: 214-222
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QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEART FAILURE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF CHANGES INDUCED BY A REGULAR EXERCISE PROGRAM
M. Quittan, B. Sturm, G. F. Wiesinger, R. Pacher and V. Fialka-Moser
The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a three-month exercise program on the perception of quality of life in patients with severe chronic heart failure. In a randomized controlled setting, 27 patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction of 18.1 􏰂 8.0% were entered into the study. The training group performed aerobic exercises for three hours/week while the control grou ...
Pages: 223-228
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RELIABILITY OF ISOKINETIC ANKLE DORSIFLEXOR STRENGTH MEASUREMENTS IN HEALTHY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
Anna Maria Holmbäck, Michelle M. Porter, David Downham and Jan Lexell
The purposes of this study were: (i) to determine the test–retest reliability of isokinetic ankle dorsiflexor strength measurements in young healthy adults using the Biodex dynamometer, and (ii) to examine several statistical measures for the interpretation of reliability. Thirty men and women (mean age 23 􏰂 3 years) performed three maximal concentric contractions at 30°/s, 60°/s, 90 ...
Pages: 229-239
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INTER-RATER RELIABILITY OF THE SØDRING MOTOR EVALUATION OF STROKE PATIENTS (SMES)
Karin Ek Halsaa, Karen Margrethe Sødring, Eva Bjelland, Kari Finsrud and Erik Bautz-Holter
The Sødring Motor Evaluation of Stroke patients is an instrument for physiotherapists to evaluate motor function and activities in stroke patients. The rating reflects quality as well as quantity of the patient’s unassisted performance within three domains: leg, arm and gross function. The inter-rater reliability of the method was studied in a sample of 30 patients admitted to a stroke rehabili ...
Pages: 240-243
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PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE IN INDIVIDUALS WITH LATE EFFECTS OF POLIO
Carin Wille ́n, Åsa Cider and Katarina Stibrant Sunnerhagen
The aim of this study was to evaluate physical performance in individuals with late effects of polio; specifically, to evaluate the effects of reduced muscle strength in the lower limbs. Thirty-two individuals seen at the polio clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Go ̈ teborg, Sweden, participated in the study. Each subject performed a bicycle exercise test in which peak oxygen uptake a ...
Pages: 244-249
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REPETITIVE SENSORIMOTOR TRAINING FOR ARM AND HAND IN A PATIENT WITH LOCKED-IN SYNDROME
Horst Hummelsheim and Christel Eickhof
The locked-in syndrome is character- ized by quadriplegia, preserved consciousness and inability to respond to the outside world. In recent years, the repetitive execution of identical movements has been demonstrated to be crucial for the recovery of arm and hand function in stroke patients. The present study aimed at investigating the efficiency of repetitive training in a patient suffering from ...
Pages: 250-256
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