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PHYSICAL FUNCTIONING IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A POPULATION-BASED STUDY IN CENTRAL FINLAND
Objective: To describe multiple sclerosis and its impact on individuals' perceived problems in functioning, particularly in the domains of self-care, mobility and domestic life.

Design: A population-based study in a prevalence cohort of multiple sclerosis subjects in Central Finland region carried out in the year 2000.

Subjects: A total of 240 subjects with multipl ...

Pages: 339-345
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RELIABILITY, VALIDITY AND RESPONSIVENESS OF THE FEAR-AVOIDANCE BELIEFS QUESTIONNAIRE: METHODOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THE NORWEGIAN VERSION
Objective: To evaluate reliability, validity and responsiveness of the Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FABQ) for use in Norwegian patients with low back pain.

Design: A prospective cohort study with 2 groups.

Patients: The questionnaire was tested in 123 patients with acute low back pain and 50 patients with chronic low back pain.

Methods: A tran ...

Pages: 346-353
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RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY OF PATIENT REPORTS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY QUALITY ASSESSMENT: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS REGARDING THE USE OF EXERCISES FOR NECK PAIN IN SPAIN
Objective: To determine usefulness and reliability of patient reports as a data source on the use of exercises for neck pain in primary healthcare.

Design: Survey research.

Subjects: A total of 176 patients with mechanical neck pain, surveyed about their physical therapy experience.

Method: A questionnaire was constructed on the selection of exercises, ...

Pages: 354-359
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OPTOELECTRONIC MOVEMENT ANALYSIS TO MEASURE MOTOR PERFORMANCE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: TEST OF RELIABILITY1The Editor-in-Chief has not had the responsibility for this article (which originates from his own department) and it has been handled fully by one of the Associate Editors who has made the decision for acceptance.
Objective: To assess test-retest reliability of the Posturo-Locomotion-Manual(PLM) test in patients with chronic low back pain.

Design: A controlled study in which the PLM test was used repeatedly on patients with chronic low back pain and persons without back pain.

Subjects: Twelve patients with treatment-resistant chronic low back pain, selected by 2 orthopaedic ...

Pages: 360-367
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DOES AN EXTENDED STROKE UNIT SERVICE WITH EARLY SUPPORTED DISCHARGE HAVE ANY EFFECT ON BALANCE OR WALKING SPEED?
Objective: To evaluate the effect of an extended stroke unit service with early supported discharge on balance and walking speed, and to explore the association between initial leg paresis, initial movement ability and balance one year after stroke.

Design: A randomized controlled trial comparing early supported discharge with ordinary stroke unit service. Patients: A to ...

Pages: 368-374
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VALIDATION OF THE ACTION RESEARCH ARM TEST USING ITEM RESPONSE THEORY IN PATIENTS AFTER STROKE
Objective: To validate the unidimensionality of the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) using Mokken analysis and to examine whether scores of the ARAT can be transformed into interval scores using Rasch analysis.

Subjects and methods: A total of 351 patients with stroke were recruited from 5 rehabilitation departments located in 4 regions of Taiwan. The 19-item Action ARAT was adm ...

Pages: 375-380
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OPTIMAL INTENSITY FOR RESPIRATORY MUSCLE ENDURANCE TRAINING IN PATIENTS WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY
Objective: Respiratory muscle endurance of able-bodied persons, assessed by normocapnic hyperpnoea at 70% of their maximal voluntary ventilation, usually ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. The aim of this study was to determine the level of ventilation that patients with paraplegia and tetraplegia can sustain for 10–20 minutes to later be used as the guideline for respiratory muscle en ...
Pages: 381-386
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DIZZINESS AMONG PATIENTS WITH WHIPLASH-ASSOCIATED DISORDER: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Objective: To investigate whether vestibular rehabilitation for patients with whiplash-associated disorder and dizziness had any effect on balance measures and self-perceived handicap.

Design: Randomized, controlled trial.

Subjects: Twenty-nine patients, 20 women and 9 men, age range 22–76 years.

Methods: The patients were randomized to an interve ...

Pages: 387-390
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