Refections on Training a Resident With a Disability.

Refections on training a resident with a disability.

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Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2013 Jan 1; 70(2): 163-5
Crist MA, Ganio MC, Weber RJ

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Performance of subjects with knee osteoarthritis during walking: differential parameters.

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Rheumatol Int. 2013 Jan 5;
Esrafilian A, Karimi MT, Amiri P, Fatoye F

The effect of knee OA on kinetic and kinematic parameters during walking and standing is still controversial. Stability and energy consumption have not been well investigated in patients with OA. This research investigated the parameters distinguishing between the healthy subjects and patients with OA performance. It also examined the differences in stability and energy consumption between patients with OA and healthy subjects. Fifteen patients with OA and fifteen healthy subjects were recruited into this study. Kinematic and kinetic assessments were performed using Qualysis motion analysis and a force plate Kistler, respectively. Stability of the subjects during walking was determined using COP. Energy consumption was calculated using the Physiological Index. Independent t test was used to determine the differences between gait, stability, and energy consumption healthy participants and patients with knee OA. The excursion of the knee, hip and pelvis in sagittal plane, excursion of the knee joint in the mediolateral plane were significantly higher (all p < 0.05) in patients with OA of the knee compared with their healthy counterparts. In addition, energy consumption was significantly higher in patients with OA (p = 0.009) than in healthy participants. However, margin of stability was significantly lower (p = 0.05) in patients with OA of the knee than in healthy subjects. These findings suggest that gait parameters and energy consumption assessments may be important in patients with OA of the knee. Therefore, clinicians are to be aware of these findings by developing appropriate gait rehabilitation for patients with OA of the knee. HubMed – rehab


Factors associated with long-term functional outcomes, psychological sequelae and quality of life in persons after primary brain tumour.

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J Neurooncol. 2013 Jan 5;
Khan F, Amatya B

To examine factors impacting long-term functional outcomes and psychological sequelae in persons with primary brain tumours (BT) in an Australian community cohort. Participants (n = 106) following definitive treatment for BT in the community were reviewed in rehabilitation clinics to assess impact on participants’ current activity and restriction in participation, using validated questionnaires: Functional Independence Measure (FIM), Perceived Impact Problem Profile (PIPP), Depression Anxiety Stress Scale, Cancer Rehabilitation Evaluation System-Short Form and Cancer Survivor Unmet Needs Measure. Mean age of the participants was 51 years (range 21-77 years), majority were female (56 %) with median time since BT diagnosis 2.1 years and a third (39 %) had high grade tumours. Majority showed good functional recovery (median motor FIM score 75). Over half reported pain (56 %), of which 42 % had headaches. Other impairments included: ataxia (44 %), seizures (43 %); paresis (37 %), cognitive dysfunction (36 %) and visual impairment (35 %). About 20 % reported high levels of depression, compared with only 13 % in an Australian normative sample. Two-third (60 %) participants reported highest impact on the PIPP subscales for psychological wellbeing (scores of >3 on 6-point scale) and participation (45 %). Factors significantly associated with poorer current level of functioning and wellbeing included: younger participants (?40 years), recent diagnoses, aggressive tumour types and presence of pain. No significant differences in scale scores were found across various treatments (surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy) on outcomes used. Rehabilitation for BT survivors is challenging and requires long-term management of psychological sequelae impacting activity and participation. More research into participatory limitation is needed to guide treating clinicians.
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