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Contemporary measurement techniques for rehabilitation outcomes assessment*
In this article, we review the limitations of traditional rehabilitation functional outcome instruments currently in use within the rehabilitation field to assess Activity and Participation domains as defined by the International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health. These include a narrow scope of functional outcomes, data incompatibility across instruments, and the precision vs fea ...
Pages: 339-345
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Differential item functioning of the functional independence measure in higher performing neurological patients
Objective: When comparing outcomes of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM™) between patient groups, item characteristics of the FIM™ should be consistent across groups. The purpose of this study was to compare item difficulty of the FIM™ in 3 patient groups with neurological disorders.Subjects: Patients with stroke (n=295), multiple sclerosis (n=150), and tra ...
Pages: 346-352
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Participation after stroke compared to normal aging
Objective: To examine the reduction in participation of people who have had a stroke compared with healthy people with normal aging.Design: Participation of people who had a stroke was compared with participation of healthy subjects.Subjects/patients: Forty-six people who had a stroke for 2–4 years and 46 healthy participants matched on age, sex and living environment.Mea ...
Pages: 353-357
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Erectile dysfunction in spinal cord injury: a cost-utility analysis
Background: There is a high incidence of erectile dysfunction after spinal cord injury. This can have a profound effect on quality of life. Treatment options for erectile dysfunction include sildenafil, intracavernous injections of papaverine/alprostadil (Caverject®), alprostadil/papaverine/phentolamine (“Triple Mix”), transurethral suppository (MUSE®), surgically implanted prosthetic ...
Pages: 358-364
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Predictors of return to work in patients sick listed for sub-acute low back pain: a 12-month follow-up study
Objective: To investigate whether personal and work-related factors, physical performance and back-specific questionnaires predict return to work.Design: A prospective study identifying prognostic factors for return to work.Subjects: Ninety-three patients sick-listed for 8–12 weeks for non-specific sub-acute low back pain included in a randomized controlled trial.Methods: ...
Pages: 365-371
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Ice and pulsed electromagnetic field to reduce pain and swelling after distal radius fractures
Objective: To examine the relative effectiveness of ice therapy and/or pulsed electromagnetic field in reducing pain and swelling after the immobilization period following a distal radius fracture.Methods: A total of 83 subjects were randomly allocated to receive 30 minutes of either ice plus pulsed electromagnetic field (group A); ice plus sham pulsed electromagnetic field (group B) ...
Pages: 372-377
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ABility to rise independently from a chair during 6-month follow-up after unilateral and bilateral total knee replacement
Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare extensor mechanism function using a sit-to-stand test in patients undergoing uni- and bilateral total knee replacement, with a 6-month follow-up.Design: Prospective controlled study.Patients: The series included 72 patients with total knee replacement (unilateral 32 patients, bilateral 40 patients).Methods: All patient ...
Pages: 385-387
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Effect of financial compensation on vocational rehabilitation
Objective: To examine how financial compensation affects the outcome of vocational rehabilitation.Design: A registry-based follow-up study.Subjects: A total of 1397 rehabilitees discharged from the 5 local rehabilitation agencies in Aarhus County, Denmark from 1 July 2000 to 31 December 2001.Methods: At submission demographic data was obtained as well as data on financi ...
Pages: 388-391
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Page: 392
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