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Assessing fitness for surgery: a comparison of questionnaire, incremental shuttle walk, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing in general surgical patients.
BACKGROUND: Morbidity and mortality are higher in patients with poor preoperative cardiorespiratory reserve. This study aimed to ascertain fitness and therefore risk in elective patients, comparing three measures: Duke ...
Foot and ankle impairments affect balance and mobility in stroke (FAiMiS): the views and experiences of people with stroke.
PURPOSE: To explore the nature and impact of foot and ankle impairments on mobility and balance in community-dwelling, chronic stroke survivors. METHODS: A qualitative research design using face to face semi-structured, ...
Effectiveness of a motivational interviewing intervention on weight loss, physical activity and cardiovascular disease risk factors: a randomised controlled trial with a 12-month post-intervention follow-up.
BACKGROUND: Intensive diet and physical activity interventions have been found to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, but are resource intensive. The American Heart Association recently recommended motivational ...
Fast gait speed and self-perceived balance as valid predictors and discriminators of independent community walking at 6 months post-stroke--a preliminary study.
PURPOSE: To determine the validity of walking speed, muscle strength, function of the hemiparetic lower limb and self-perceived balance to predict and discriminate independent community walkers (ICW) within the first 6 ...
Knee posture during gait and global functioning post-stroke: a theoretical ICF framework using current measures in stroke rehabilitation.
PURPOSE: To characterise the global functioning post-stroke in patients with normal knee posture (NKP) and abnormal knee posture (AKP) during loading-response. METHODS: 35 people, 6 months post-stroke. with NKP and AKP ...
Effects of the site and extent of plantar cutaneous stimulation on dynamic balance and muscle activity while walking.
Previous studies have demonstrated that stimulating the cutaneous plantar sensory receptors of the foot through textured insoles improves human balance and walking. This study investigated the effect of medial and lateral ...