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REHABILITATION MEDICINE IN CROATIA–SOURCES AND PRACTICE
Sources of rehabilitation medicine, the need for rehabilitation and its practice in Croatia were studied, based on available data. The study revealed that current practice has advanced since the country's independence, but that there are many shortcomings; adequate care is not provided to all who could benefit from it, and there is wastage of resources.
Pages: 209-211
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DOES FASCICULAR NEUROTOMY HAVE LONG-LASTING EFFECTS?
Objective: To determine whether fascicular neurotomy has long-lasting effects on spasticity.Design: We present 4 clinical cases and a critical analysis of the literature.Patients: This is a retrospective study on 4 patients referred to our department for spastic equinovarus foot deformity. For all 4, neurotomy was successful not long after surgery, but spasticity reappeared af ...
Pages: 212-217
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PREDICTING MOBILITY OUTCOME ONE YEAR AFTER STROKE: A PROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY
Objective: To develop a prognostic model to predict mobility outcome one year post-stroke.Design: Prospective cohort study in patients with a first-ever stroke admitted for inpatient rehabilitation.Patients: A total of 217 patients with stroke (mean age 58 years) following inpatient rehabilitation in 4 rehabilitation centres across the Netherlands.Methods: Mobility was ...
Pages: 218-223
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MOTOR PERFORMANCE IN PHYSICALLY WELL-RECOVERED MEN WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Objective: The primary aim of this study was to compare the motor performance of physically well-recovered men with traumatic brain injury with that of healthy men.Design: Cross-sectional study in a national rehabilitation centre.Methods: Static and dynamic balance, agility and rhythm co-ordination of men with traumatic brain injury (n=34) and healthy controls (n ...
Pages: 224-229
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USE OF HEALTHCARE, PATIENT SATISFACTION AND BURDEN OF CARE IN GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate, in an unselected sample of patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome in Sweden, the utilization of healthcare resources, satisfaction with these resources, informal help and the burden of care on family caregivers during the first 2 years after onset.Subjects: Forty-four patients were enrolled from 8 hospitals, and 42 of them were fol ...
Pages: 230-236
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MEASURING PATIENT-REPORTED OUTCOMES AFTER DISCHARGE FROM INPATIENT REHABILITATION SETTINGS1
Objective: To examine the sensitivity of the Short Form Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) in comparison to the Functional Independence Measure (FIM™) across a 12-month period after discharge from rehabilitation hospital.Design: Prospective longitudinal study. Patients were recruited while receiving inpatient services from facilities in the north-east USA and interviewed ...
Pages: 237-242
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Correlation between impairment and motor performance during reaching tasks in subjects with Spastic Hemiparesis
Objective: The main purposes of this study were to examine, in subjects with chronic hemiparesis following a stroke: (i) the correlations between tests of muscle tone, stiffness, spasticity, paresis and co-contraction, and (ii) the correlations of these tests and measurements of impairment to upper extremity motor performance.Design: Prospective, cross-sectional, correl ...
Pages: 243-249
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SYMPTOMS, CLINICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL FINDINGS MOTIVATING HOME MECHANICAL VENTILATION IN PATIENTS WITH NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES
Objective: To clarify the relationship between symptoms, clinical signs and physiological abnormalities that were motivating the initiation of home mechanical ventilation in patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases.Methods: From The Swedish Home Mechanical Ventilation Register we identified 352 patients with neuromuscular diseases and we looked at circumstances (acute vs electi ...
Pages: 250-254
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WHAT IS “THE GOOD BACK-CONSULTATION”? A COMBINED QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE STUDY OF CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN PATIENTS’ INTERACTION WITH AND PERCEPTIONS OF CONSULTATIONS WITH SPECIALISTS
Objective: To identify core elements of what patients with chronic low back pain perceive as good clinical communication and interaction with a specialist (“The Good Back-Consultation”).Design: Qualitative study including observation of consultations and a subsequent patient interview. Quantitative data were also recorded.Subjects: Thirty-five patients with chronic low bac ...
Pages: 255-262
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DEVELOPMENT OF A CLINICAL EXAMINATION IN NON-SPECIFIC LOW BACK PAIN: A DELPHI TECHNIQUE
Objective: To establish the discriminatory items of the clinical examination of non-specific low back pain, important to physiotherapists.Design: A focus group and Delphi technique with UK physiotherapists.Subjects: A purposive sample of 30 physiotherapists attended a focus group and completed 3 rounds of Delphi questionnaires.Methods: Data were analysed using mixed qua ...
Pages: 263-267
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MARMA THERAPY FOR STROKE REHABILITATION – A PILOT STUDY
Objective: To examine feasibility and acceptability issues and to gather preliminary outcome data to ascertain the numbers needed for a trial of Marma massage therapy for stroke rehabilitation.Design: Pilot non-randomized controlled trial, comparing standard care with standard care plus Marma therapy in post-stroke patients with a nested qualitative study.Participants: Adult p ...
Pages: 268-271
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