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MEASURING BEHAVIOURS AND PERCEPTIONS: RASCH ANALYSIS AS A TOOL FOR REHABILITATION RESEARCH
Luigi Tesio
Variables present in an individual, for example, independence, pain, balance, fatigue, depression and knowledge, cannot be measured directly (hence the term "latent" variables). They are usually assessed by measuring related behaviours, defined by sets of standardized items. The homogeneity of the different items, and proportionality of raw counts to measure, can only be postulated. In 1960 Georg ...
Pages: 105-115
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THE NORTHWICK PARK DEPENDENCY SCORE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO NURSING HOURS IN NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION
Alison Hatfield , Sue Hunt A2, Derick T. Wade A2
Objective: To evaluate the reliability and validity of the Northwick Park Dependency Score as a measure of nursing dependency. Subjects: Inpatients in a specialist neurological rehabilitation unit. Methods: The Northwick Park Dependency Score was measured by 2 assessors and compared with nursing hours. The Barthel ADL Index and the Short Orientation Memory and Concentration test ...
Pages: 116-120
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SOCIETAL SERVICES AFTER TRAUMATIC SPINAL CORD INJURY IN SWEDEN
Camilla Nordgren , Richard Levi , Gunnar Ljunggren A1, Åke Seiger
Objective: Societal services after traumatic spinal cord injury in Sweden were investigated, including self-rated levels of satisfaction with the application process and resource allocation. Design: Survey of an incidence population. Subjects: Thirty-four persons of a total regional incidence population (n = 48) with traumatic spinal cord injury. Methods: Structured ...
Pages: 121-126
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INDICATORS FOR RETURN TO WORK AFTER STROKE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WORK FOR SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING AND LIFE SATISFACTION
Monika Vestling , Bertil Tufvesson A1, Susanne Iwarsson A2
Objectives. This study focuses on the continuation of gainful employment after experiencing stroke, addressing factors indicative of readiness for return to work, subjective well-being and life satisfaction. Methods. The target group comprised 120 patients, studied by means of medical records and postal questionnaires. Results. A total of 41% had returned to work, although there ...
Pages: 127-131
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INTENSIVE GROUP TRAINING VERSUS COGNITIVE INTERVENTION IN SUB-ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN: SHORT-TERM RESULTS OF A SINGLE-BLIND RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Kjersti Storheim , Jens Ivar Brox A2, Inger Holm A2, Anne Kathrine Koller A2, Kari Bø A1
Objective: To evaluate the short-term effect of physical exercise and a cognitive intervention in low back pain. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Subjects: Ninety-three patients sick-listed for 8-12 weeks for sub-acute low back pain were randomized to an exercise regime (n = 30), a cognitive intervention (n = 34) or a control group (n = 29). Methods:Pages: 132-140
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IS THE RIVERMEAD MOBILITY INDEX A SUITABLE OUTCOME MEASURE IN LOWER LIMB AMPUTEES?--A PSYCHOMETRIC VALIDATION STUDY
Franco Franchignoni , Stefano Brunelli A2, Duccio Orlandini A3, Giorgio Ferriero A1, Marco Traballesi A2
Objective: To examine the internal consistency, validity, responsiveness and test scalability of the Rivermead Mobility Index. Design: Methodological research (consecutive sampling, prospective longitudinal study). Patients: 140 unilateral lower limb amputees (79 above-knee and 61 below-knee). Methods: The Rivermead Mobility Index was administered to all patients at the be ...
Pages: 141-144
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ARE THE ICF ACTIVITY AND PARTICIPATION DIMENSIONS DISTINCT?
Alan M. Jette A2, Stephen M. Haley, Jill T. Kooyoomjian
Objective: To test the hypothesis that distinct Activity and Participation dimensions of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health could be identified using physical functioning items drawn from the Late Life Function and Disability Instrument. Design: A cross-sectional, survey design was employed. Subjects: The sample comprised 150 community-dwellin ...
Pages: 145-149
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PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES AND PRACTICAL ATTRIBUTES OF THE TRUNK CONTROL TEST IN STROKE PATIENTS
Franco Franchignoni
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Pages: 150-0
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Reply to the Letter to the Editor by Franco Franchignoni
Esther Duarte
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Pages: 150-151
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BOOK REVIEW
G. Vanderstraeten
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Pages: 151-0
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