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European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, three years after the White Book
Alain Delarque, Franco Franchignoni, Alessandro Giustini, Gustaaf Lankhorst
About 3 years ago, between the end of 2006 and January 2007, the White Book on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Europe (WB-PRM-Europe) was published simultaneously and with open access in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (JRM) (1) and Europa Medicophysica (2) (now the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (EJPRM)). The two journals went to great efforts to publish t ...
Pages: 1-3
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Interdisciplinary team working in physical and rehabilitation medicine
Vera Neumann, Christoph Gutenbrunner, Veronika Fialka-Moser, Nicolas Christodoulou, Enrique Varela, Alessandro Giustini, Alain Delarque, the Professional Practice Committee
Effective team working plays a crucial role in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM). As part of its role of optimizing and harmonizing clinical practice across Europe, the Professional Practice Committee of Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Section reviewed patterns of team working and debated recommendations for good practice at a meetin ...
Pages: 4-8
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Does repetitive task training improve functional activity after stroke? A Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis
Beverley French, Lois Thomas , Michael Leathley, Christopher Sutton, Joanna McAdam, Anne Forster, Peter Langhorne, Christopher Price, Andrew Walker, Caroline Watkins
Objective: To determine if repetitive task training after stroke improves functional activity. Design: Systematic review and meta-analysis of trials comparing repetitive task training with attention control or usual care. Data sources: The Cochrane Stroke Trials Register, electronic databases of published, unpublished and non-English language papers; conference proceedings, reference lists, and ...
Pages: 9-14
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Prediction of good functional recovery after stroke based on combined motor and somatosensory evoked potential findings
Sang Yoon Lee, Jong Youb Lim, Eun Kyoung Kang, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae, Nam-Jong Paik
Objective: To delineate whether functional recovery after stroke, determined by the modified Rankin Scale during the neurologically stable chronic stage, is associated with the presence or absence of motor evoked potential or somatosensory evoked potential measured during the sub-acute stage at the commencement of rehabilitation. Design: Retrospective medical records review. Patients: Consecuti ...
Pages: 16-20
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Physical findings and sonography of hemiplegic shoulder in patients after acute stroke during rehabilitation
Yu-Chi Huang, Pei-Jung Liang, Ya-Ping Pong, Chau-Peng Leong, Cheng-Hao Tseng
Objective: Physical and sonographic evaluation of hemi­plegic shoulder in patients after acute stroke and correlation between the physical/sonographic findings and early-onset hemiplegic shoulder pain. Design: Cross-sectional study. Subjects: Fifty-seven patients after stroke with hemiplegic shoulder. Methods: Subjects were assigned to poor motor function and good motor function groups accor ...
Pages: 21-26
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Characteristics and correlates of rehabilitation charges during inpatient traumatic brain injury rehabilitation in Singapore
Karen Sui-Geok Chua, Arul Earnest, Yii Chiong , Keng-He Kong
Objectives: A prospective study of 91 consecutive traumatic brain injury admissions to rehabilitation over a 2-year period to determine factors impacting on rehabilitation charges. Methods: Discharge records of 91 adult traumatic brain injury patients comprising total unsubsidized billings for each completed inpatient rehabilitation episode were used to derive total charges. Co-variates analysed ...
Pages: 27-34
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Reduced head steadiness in whiplash compared with non-traumatic neck pain
Astrid Woodhouse, Pål Liljebäck, Ottar Vasseljen
Objective: While sensorimotor alterations have been observed in patients with neck pain, it is uncertain whether such changes distinguish whiplash-associated disorders from chronic neck pain without trauma. The aim of this study was to investigate head steadiness during isometric neck flexion in subjects with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD), those with chronic non-traumatic neck pain a ...
Pages: 35-41
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Predictors of partial weight-bearing performance after total hip arthroplasty
Henri L. Hurkmans, Johannes B. Bussmann, Eric Benda, Janneke A. Haisma, Jan A. Verhaar, Henk J. Stam
Objective: To determine which patient characteristics, postoperative characteristics, and walking features influence patients’ partial weight-bearing performance after total hip arthroplasty. Design: A descriptive prospective study. Patients: Fifty patients with total hip arthroplasty were included; partial weight-bearing was performed at a 10% body weight target load (n = 33) and ...
Pages: 42-48
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The International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, version for children and youth as a roadmap for projecting and programming rehabilitation in a neuropaediatric hospital unit
Andrea Martinuzzi, Annamaria Salghetti, Silvana Betto, Emanuela Russo, Matilde Leonardi, Alberto Raggi, Carlo Francescutti
Objective: To test the impact of introducing a format based on the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, version for children and youth (ICF-CY) as a road-map for in-hospital paediatric neuro-rehabilitation on target definition, intra-team communication and workload as perceived by involved professionals. Design: Single-centre pilot testing with impact assessment. Pa ...
Pages: 49-55
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Is cognitive functioning associated with subjective quality of life in young adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus?
Hans A. Barf, Marcel W.M. Post, Marjolein Verhoef , Rob H.J.M. Gooskens, Arie J.H. Prevo
Objective: To test the hypothesis that cognitive functioning is associated with subjective quality of life of young adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (SBHC). Design: Cross-sectional multi-centre study in The Netherlands. Subjects: A total of 110 young adults with SBHC (16–25 years old, 63% female). Methods: Cognitive domains measured were intelligence (Raven Standard Progressive ...
Pages: 56-59
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Employment status of patients with neuromuscular diseases in relation to personal factors, fatigue and health status: A secondary analysis
Marie-Antoinette H. Minis, Joke S. Kalkman, Reinier P. Akkermans, Josephine A. Engels, Peter A. Huijbregts, Gijs Bleijenberg, Rob A.B. Oostendorp, Baziel G.M. van Engelen
Objective: To determine the number of employed people in a group of patients with neuromuscular diseases and in 3 separate subgroups (facioscapulo-humeral dystrophy, hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, and myotonic dystrophy) to investigate any differences in employment status between the patient groups, and to identify factors related to employment status. Design: Cross-sectional study. Pa ...
Pages: 60-65
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Factors associated with recovery expectations following vehicle collision: A population-based study
Dejan Ozegovic, Linda J. Carroll, J. David Cassidy
Objective: Positive expectations predict better outcomes for a variety of health conditions including recovery from whiplash-associated disorders, but we know little about which individuals have negative expectations, and therefore may be at risk for poor whiplash-associated disorders recovery. Methods: We assessed expectations for global recovery in a population-based cohort of 6015 individuals ...
Pages: 66-73
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Linking Crohn's disease health status measurements with International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and vocational rehabilitation outcomes
Christoph Reichel, Jürgen Streit, Steffen Wunsch
Objective: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) serves as a unifying model for rehabilitation medicine. Variables of the health status measurements, the Crohn’s Disease Activity Index and the Harvey-Bradshaw Index, have not been linked with the ICF categories and compared with other predictors of rehabil­itation outcomes. Methods: Crohn’s Dise ...
Pages: 74-80
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Goal attainment scaling in the evaluation of treatment of upper limb spasticity with botulinum toxin: A secondary analysis from a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial
Lynne Turner-Stokes, Ian J. Baguley, Stephen De Graaff, Pesi Katrak, Leo Davies, Paul McCrory, Andrew Hughes
Objective: To examine goal attainment scaling for evaluation of treatment for upper limb post-stroke spasticity with botulinum toxin-A. Design: Secondary analysis of a multi-centre double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. Setting: Six outpatient clinics in Australia. Participants: Patients (n = 90) completing per protocol 2 cycles of treatment/placebo. Mean age 54.5 ...
Pages: 81-89
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Validation of the activity inventory of the Chedoke-McMaster stroke assessment and the clinical outcome variables scale to evaluate mobility in geriatric clients
Lauren Sacks, Kristen Yee, Maria Huijbregts, Patricia A. Miller, Tanya Aggett, Nancy M. Salbach
Objective: To evaluate the construct validity of the Activity Inventory of the Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment and the Clinical Outcome Variables Scale (COVS), 2 measures of functional mobility. Design: A retrospective longitudinal study of 24 inpatients (mean age 83 years (standard deviation 7)) on a geriatric rehabilitation unit. Participants: The primary reasons for admission were decond ...
Pages: 90-92
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Comments on”Efficacy of neck stabilization exercises for neck pain” and Response to Letter to the Editor by van Es et al.
Pauline van Es, Jurgen Damen , Jos Runhaar and Funda Atamaz
Sir, We read the article by Dusunceli et al. (1) about the efficacy of neck stabilization exercises for neck pain with interest. The authors present a well-designed study with interesting findings, which concludes that neck stabilization exercises in conjunction with physical therapy agents are superior to isometric and stretching exercises in conjunction with physical therapy agents and to physi ...
Pages: 93-0
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