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  • 251.
    Björkkvist, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Interplay in deformation between dorsal neck muscles: an observational ultrasound study2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Neck pain is an increasing problem today and impaired neck muscle function may lead to disability. Neck specific training can reduce pain and increase function, but the activation of the muscles is unknown. Ultrasound with post-process speckle tracking can be used to measure deformation and deformation rate of the muscles. No previous studies have investigated neck exercise used in rehabilitation of neck pain. Aim: To investigate differences in deformation between different muscle layers in dorsal neck muscles and their interplay during quadruped rotational training in neck-healthy subjects. Method: Deformation and deformation rate were investigated in three dorsal neck muscles in twenty neck healthy subjects by ultrasonography with speckle tracking analyses. Repeated measures ANOVA was used to measure differences between the muscles and Kendall’s tau correlation was used to calculate the interplay between the muscles. Results: The semispinalis capitis muscle show the highest deformation in left rotation (F(1.23, 24.26)=6.90, p=0.01) compared to the multifidus (p=0.05) and trapezius (p=0.03) muscles. Interplay was seen between semispinalis capitis and the trapezius muscles in both left and right rotation, respectively (r=0.42 and r=0.34) regarding deformation. In deformation rate the semispinalis capitis muscle showed the highest degree of deformation in both left (F(1.43, 27.25)=9.05, p=<0.01) and right rotation (F(2, 38)=14.26, p=< 0.01). Interplay was seen between the semispinalis capitis and the trapezius muscle in right rotation (r=0.47) the multifidus muscles in both left (r=0.58) and right rotation (r=0.62). Conclusion: The ultra sound examination shows that the semispinalis capitis muscle is activated mainly but that it interacts with both the trapezius and the multifidus muscle. This result should be interpreted with care. More studies are needed to confirm if the deformations are active or passive.

  • 252.
    Björklund, Cecilia
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Erlandsson, Lena-Karin
    Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
    Lilja, Margareta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Temporal Patterns of Daily Occupations Related to Older Adults' Health in Northern Sweden2015In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 127-145Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of temporal patterns of daily occupations that could be related to high and low subjective health among older adults in Northern Sweden. A cross-sectional design imprinted by time-geographic methodology was used and participants 70 years and older were purposively selected and divided into groups of high and low health using the SoC-29 and SF-36 questionnaires. Daily occupations data were registered and analysed using VISUAL Time-PAcTS and related to health conditions using SPSS. The results showed that the participants in the high- and low-health groups showed similar patterns of participation in occupations during the 24-hour sequences describing their daily routines. Some differences in patterns of frequency and duration of occupations were shown between health groups during the 24-hour sequences as well as within six intervals. The low-health group showed higher frequencies and longer durations for “care for oneself” and “reflection and recreation” occupations and lower for “house-keeping” and “procure and prepare food” occupations compared to the high-health groups. There were few significant differences between the high- and low-health groups' mean durations for occupations. The results of this study could contribute to the support and assistance of occupations of older adults in society.

  • 253.
    Björklund, Cecilia
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Lilja, Margareta
    Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute.
    Erlandsson, Lena-Karin
    Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
    Temporal Patterns of Daily Occupations among Older Adults in Northern Sweden2014In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 143-160Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study sought to expand knowledge regarding patterns of daily occupations and, specifically, to explore and describe the daily occupations of Swedish people aged over 70 years by investigating sequences, contexts and time-use. A cross-sectional design with a time-geographic approach was used. Open time diaries from 151 participants were collected and analysed using the software VISUAL-TimePAcTS. The results were illustrated as a routine of six pooled intervals during 24-hour sequences. The intervals comprised different lengths of time and each interval was dominated by different occupations. Night was dominated by ‘care for oneself’; morning by ‘house-keeping’ and ‘reflection and recreation’; lunch-time by care for oneself; afternoon by ‘reflection and recreation’; dinner/tea-time by ‘care for oneself’, and evening by ‘reflection and recreation’. The results were also illustrated as characteristic profiles of occupations visualised by the number of participants in each occupation during 24-hour sequences. Occupations were mainly supported by the home environment. Summed time-use showed the highest proportions in ‘care for oneself’ and ‘reflection and recreation’ occupations. To what extent health and well-being experiences of patterns of daily occupations might be related to challenges and fulfilment of basic occupational needs requires further investigation

  • 254.
    Björklund, Martin
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, fysioterapi, Umeå universitet.
    What works for whom:challenges in personalising physical therapy: Discussion panel2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 255.
    Björklund, Martin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy. Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Djupsjöbacka, Mats
    Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Svedmark, Åsa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy. Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Häger, Charlotte
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Effects of tailored neck-shoulder pain treatment based on a decision model guided by clinical assessments and standardized functional tests: a study protocol of a randomized controlled trial2012In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN 1471-2474, E-ISSN 1471-2474, Vol. 13, article id 75Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: A major problem with rehabilitation interventions for neck pain is that the condition may have multiple causes, thus a single treatment approach is seldom efficient. The present study protocol outlines a single blinded randomised controlled trial evaluating the effect of tailored treatment for neck-shoulder pain. The treatment is based on a decision model guided by standardized clinical assessment and functional tests with cut-off values. Our main hypothesis is that the tailored treatment has better short, intermediate and long-term effects than either non-tailored treatment or treatment-as-usual (TAU) on pain and function. We sub-sequentially hypothesize that tailored and non-tailored treatment both have better effect than TAU.

    METHODS: 120 working women with minimum six weeks of nonspecific neck-shoulder pain aged 20-65, are allocated by minimisation with the factors age, duration of pain, pain intensity and disability in to the groups tailored treatment (T), non-tailored treatment (NT) or treatment-as-usual (TAU). Treatment is given to the groups T and NT for 11 weeks (27 sessions evenly distributed). An extensive presentation of the tests and treatment decision model is provided. The main treatment components are manual therapy, cranio-cervical flexion exercise and strength training, EMG-biofeedback training, treatment for cervicogenic headache, neck motor control training. A decision algorithm based on the baseline assessment determines the treatment components given to the each participant of T- and NT-groups. Primary outcome measures are physical functioning (Neck Disability Index) and average pain intensity last week (Numeric Rating Scale). Secondary outcomes are general improvement (Patient Global Impression of Change scale), symptoms (Profile Fitness Mapping neck questionnaire), capacity to work in the last 6 weeks (quality and quantity) and pressure pain threshold of m. trapezius. Primary and secondary outcomes will be reported for each group with effect size and its precision.

    DISCUSSION: We have chosen not to include women with psychological ill-health and focus on biomedical aspects of neck pain. Future studies should aim at including psychosocial aspects in a widened treatment decision model. No important adverse events or side-effects are expected.

    Trial registration: Current Controlled Trials registration ISRCTN49348025.

  • 256.
    Björklund, Martin
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Dept. of Community Med. and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå Univ., Umeå, Sweden.
    Djupsjöbacka, Mats
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    Svedmark, Åsa
    Dept. of Community Med. and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå Univ., Umeå, Sweden.
    Häger, Charlotte
    Dept. of Community Med. and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå Univ., Umeå, Sweden.
    Effects of tailored versus non-tailored treatment on pain and pressure pain threshold in women with nonspecific neck pain: a randomized controlled trial2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim of the investigation: The evidence for physiotherapy treatments of nonspecific neck pain is modest despite a large increase of intervention studies the last decade. One reason could be different underlying causes for pain in individuals with nonspecific neck pain, and that identification of sub-groups or individual needs is seldom accounted for in studies. In the absence of causal treatment options, a tailored treatment approach based on an explicit clinical decision model guided by assessment of function, clinical signs and symptoms, should be considered. Our aim was to evaluate tailored treatment based on such a decision model, targeting women with nonspecific neck pain. Our main hypothesis was that the tailored treatment (T) would have better short, intermediate and long-term effects on pain intensity and pressure pain threshold for the trapezius muscles than either non-tailored treatment (NT) (same treatment components but applied quasi-randomly) or treatment-as-usual (TAU) (no treatment from the study, no restrictions). We further hypothesized that T or NT has better effect than TAU. For details, cf. Current Controlled Trials registration ISRCTN49348025 and published study protocol.

    Methods: 120 working women with minimum six weeks duration of neck pain were randomized to the T, NT or TAU groups. All participants had more than “no disability” but less than “complete disability” according to the Neck Disability Index, and reported impaired capacity on the quality or quantity to work the preceding month. Main exclusion criteria were trauma-related neck pain, specific diagnoses and generalized pain or concomitant low back pain. The decision model for tailored treatment was based on tests and symptoms with defined cut-off levels comprising the following main categories: reduced cervical mobility, impaired neck-shoulder strength and motor control, trapezius myalgia, cervicogenic headache and impaired eye-head-neck control (cf. published study protocol). Assessment was performed one week before and after the 11-weeks intervention, with follow-ups 6-months (intermediate-term) and 12-months (long-term) after the intervention. Outcome variables were pain intensity (Numeric Rating Scale, NRS, 0 – 10) and pressure pain threshold (PPT) of the upper trapezius muscles (kPa). PPT was not measured at long-term follow-up.  Preliminary statistical analyses for the predefined hypotheses were performed with analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) with baseline outcome values as covariates. This was supplemented with pairwise Bonferroni-compensated comparisons in case of significance of factor group.

    Results: 86% of the participants completed the intervention, and the attrition was similar across groups. Preliminary results for the short term evaluation showed a reduction in NRS from an average of 4.4 and 4.5 to 2.5 in the T and NT groups, respectively, which was significantly greater compared to the TAU group (p=0.024 and p=0.014 for T and NT). For the PPT, there was no difference between T and NT groups at the short term evaluation, but close to a significantly increased threshold for the T compared to the TAU group (p=0,058). No differences were found between treatment groups on the intermediate and long-term evaluations for neither of the two outcome variables.

    Conclusions: The results indicate that tailored treatment for women with nonspecific neck pain may not be more effective, with respect to pain reduction, compared to non-tailored treatment. The hypothesis of superiority of tailored or non-tailored treatment over treatment-as-usual was partly supported for the short-term evaluation. However, the short-term results should be interpreted with caution since the impact of higher attention given to the participants in T and NT groups is not known. Reference:1. Björklund M, Djupsjöbacka M, Svedmark Å, Häger C. (2012) Effects of tailored neck-shoulder pain treatment based on a decision model guided by clinical assessments and standardized functional tests. A study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. May 20;13(1):75

  • 257.
    Björklund, Martin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Djupsjöbacka, Mats
    Svedmark, Åsa
    Häger, Charlotte
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Effects of tailored versus non-tailored treatment on pain and pressure pain threshold in women with non-specific neck pain: A randomized controlled trial2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 258.
    Björklund, Martin
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    Hamberg, Jern
    Alfta Research Foundation, Alfta, Sweden.
    Heiden, Marina
    University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    Barnekow-Bergkvist, Margareta
    University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    The profile fitness mapping scales, validity of a new back-specific questionnaire2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Disability questionnaires for LBP-patients mostlyemanate from health professionals and have a content of differentdomains of disability presented as a single sum score, makingit difficult to derive changes within a specific domain. Thisstudy introduces a new back-specific questionnaire, the ProfileFitness Mapping questionnaire (PFM), which was based on patient’sself-reported characteristics of the LBP. The PFM incorporatesboth a functional limitation and a symptom scale, with furthersubdivision of the symptom scale in separate indices for severityand temporal aspects. The aim of the study was to assess theoverall validity of the PFM.

    Methods and Results: Chronic LBP-patients (n=193) answered thePFM and four validated back-specific criterion questionnaires.The correlation coefficients between the PFM and the criterionquestionnaires showed good concurrent criterion validity (0.61– 0.83). The best discriminative ability between patientswith different pain severity was demonstrated by the functionallimitation scale of the PFM. Classification according to theICF revealed a high degree of homogeneous item content of thesymptom scale to the domain of impairments, and of the functionallimitation scale to the domain of activity limitations. Wellcentered score distribution indicates that the PFM has the potentialto detect improvement or worsening of symptoms and functionallimitations in chronic LBP-patients.

    Conclusion: The results of the study signify that the PFM isa valid indicator of symptoms and functional limitations ofLBP-patients. It provides the combination of a composite totalscore and the possibility of evaluations within specific domainsof disability.

  • 259.
    Björklund, Martin
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umea University, Umeå Sweden.
    Wiitavaara, Birgitta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    Heiden, Marina
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    Responsiveness and minimal important change for the ProFitMap-neck questionnaire and the Neck Disability Index in women with neck-shoulder pain2017In: Quality of Life Research, ISSN 0962-9343, E-ISSN 1573-2649, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 161-170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    The aim was to determine the responsiveness and minimal important change (MIC) of the questionnaire ProFitMap-neck that measures symptoms and functional limitations in people with neck pain. The same measurement properties were determined for Neck Disability Index (NDI) for comparison purposes.

    Methods

    Longitudinal data were derived from two randomized controlled trials, including 103 and 120 women with non-specific neck pain, with questionnaire measurements performed before and after interventions. Sensitivity and specificity to discriminate between improved and non-improved participants, based on categorization of a global rating of change scale (GRCS), were determined for the ProFitMap-neck indices and NDI by using area under receiver operator curves (AUC). Correlations between the GRCS anchor and change scores of the questionnaires were also used to assess responsiveness. The change score that showed the highest combination of sensitivity and specificity was set for MIC.

    Results

    The ProFitMap-neck indices showed similar responsiveness as NDI with AUC exceeding 0.70 (Range: ProFitMap-neck, 0.74 – 0.83; NDI, 0.75 – 0.86). The MIC in the two samples ranged between 6.6 – 13.6% for ProFitMap-neck indices and 5.2 and 6.3% for NDI. Both questionnaires had significant correlations with GRCS (Spearman’s rho 0.47 – 0.72).

    Conclusions

    Validity of change scores was demonstrated for the ProFitMap-neck indices with adequate ability to discriminate between improved and non-improved participants. Values of minimal important change were presented.

  • 260.
    Björnsdóttir, Sigrún Vala
    et al.
    Univ Iceland, Fac Med, Dept Phys Therapy, Reykjavik, Iceland.;Univ Iceland, Fac Med, Ctr Publ Hlth Sci, Reykjavik, Iceland..
    Arnljotsdottir, Margret
    HNLFI Rehabil Clin, Hverageroi, Iceland..
    Tomasson, Gunnar
    Univ Iceland, Fac Med, Ctr Publ Hlth Sci, Reykjavik, Iceland..
    Triebel, Jan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics. HNLFI Rehabil Clin, Hverageroi, Iceland..
    Valdimarsdottir, Unnur Anna
    Univ Iceland, Fac Med, Ctr Publ Hlth Sci, Reykjavik, Iceland.;Harvard Univ, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Epidemiol, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 USA..
    Health-related quality of life improvements among women with chronic pain: comparison of two multidisciplinary interventions2016In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 38, no 9, p. 828-836Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To measure the effect of 4 weeks traditional multidisciplinary pain management program (TMP) versus neuroscience education and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (NEM) on quality of life (HRQL) among women with chronic pain. Method: This observational longitudinal cohort study conducted in an Icelandic rehabilitation centre included 122 women who received TMP, 90 receiving NEM, and 57 waiting list controls. Pain intensity (visual analogue scale) and HRQL (Icelandic Quality of Life scale) were measured before and after interventions. ANOVA and linear regression were used for comparisons. Results: Compared with controls we observed statistically significant changes in pain intensity (p < 0.001) and HRQL (p < 0.001) among women receiving both interventions, while NEM participants reported significant improvements in sleep (8.0 versus 4.4 in TMP; p = 0.008). Head to head comparison between study groups revealed that pain intensity improved more among TMP participants (21.8 versus 17.2 mm; p = 0.013 adjusted). Women with low HRQL at baseline improved more than those with higher HRQL (mean TMP = 13.4; NEM = 12.9 if HRQL <= 35 versus mean TMP = 6.6 and NEM = 7.8 if HQRL > 35). Conclusions: Our non-randomized study suggests that both NEM and TMP programs improve pain and HRQL among women with chronic pain. Sleep quality showed more improvements in NEM while pain intensity in TMP. Longer-term follow-ups are needed to address whether improvements sustain. Implications for Rehabilitation Chronic pain is a debilitating condition affecting quality of life and restricting societal participation. Intensive multidisciplinary bio-psycho-social rehabilitation is essential for this patient group. This study shows improvement in health-related quality of life and pain intensity following such rehabilitation. Emphasizing mindfulness based cognitive therapy and neuroscience patient education improves sleep to more extend than more traditional approach.

  • 261. Blain, H.
    et al.
    Masud, T.
    Dargent-Molina, P.
    Martin, F. C.
    Rosendahl, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    van der Velde, N.
    Bousquet, J.
    Benetos, A.
    Cooper, C.
    Kanis, J. A.
    Reginster, J. Y.
    Rizzoli, R.
    Cortet, B.
    Barbagallo, M.
    Dreinhoefer, K. E.
    Vellas, B.
    Maggi, S.
    Strandberg, T.
    A comprehensive fracture prevention strategy in older adults: the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) statement2016In: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, ISSN 1594-0667, E-ISSN 1720-8319, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 797-803Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Prevention of fragility fractures in older people has become a public health priority, although the most appropriate and cost-effective strategy remains unclear. In the present statement, the Interest Group on Falls and Fracture Prevention of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, in collaboration with the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics for the European Region, the European Union of Medical Specialists, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation-European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, outlines its views on the main points in the current debate in relation to the primary and secondary prevention of falls, the diagnosis and treatment of bone fragility, and the place of combined falls and fracture liaison services for fracture prevention in older people.

  • 262.
    Blane, Alison
    et al.
    Curtin Univ, Australia.
    Falkmer, Torbjörn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Curtin Univ, Australia; Jonkoping Univ, Sweden; La Trobe Univ, Australia.
    Lee, Hoe C.
    Curtin Univ, Australia.
    Dukic Willstrand, Tania
    Swedish Natl Rd and Transport Res Inst VTI, Sweden.
    Investigating cognitive ability and self-reported driving performance of post-stroke adults in a driving simulator2018In: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ISSN 1074-9357, E-ISSN 1945-5119, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 44-53Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Safe driving is a complex activity that requires calibration. This means the driver can accurately assess the level of task demand required for task completion and can accurately evaluate their driving capability. There is much debate on the calibration ability of post-stroke drivers. Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the cognition, self-rated performance, and estimation of task demand in a driving simulator with post-stroke drivers and controls. Methods: A between-groups study design was employed, which included a post-stroke driver group and a group of similarly aged older control drivers. Both groups were observed driving in two simulator-based driving scenarios and asked to complete the NASA Task Load Index (TLX) to assess their perceived task demand and self-rate their driving performance. Participants also completed a battery of psychometric tasks to assess attention and executive function, which was used to determine whether post-stroke cognitive impairment impacted on calibration. Results: There was no difference in the amount of perceived task demand required to complete the driving task. Despite impairments in cognition, the post-stroke drivers were not more likely to over-estimate their driving abilities than controls. On average, the post-stroke drivers self-rated themselves more poorly than the controls and this rating was related to cognitive ability. Conclusion: This study suggests that post-stroke drivers may be aware of their deficits and adjust their driving behavior. Furthermore, using self-performance measures alongside a driving simulator and cognitive assessments may provide complementary fitness-to-drive assessments, as well as rehabilitation tools during post-stroke recovery.

  • 263.
    Blane, Alison
    et al.
    Curtin University.
    Falkmer, Torbjörn
    Curtin University.
    Lee, Hoe C.
    Curtin University.
    Dukic Willstrand, Tania
    Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Traffic and road users, Human Factors in the Transport System.
    Investigating cognitive ability and self-reported driving performance of post-stroke adults in a driving simulator2018In: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ISSN 1074-9357, E-ISSN 1945-5119, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 44-53Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Safe driving is a complex activity that requires calibration. This means the driver can accurately assess the level of task demand required for task completion and can accurately evaluate their driving capability. There is much debate on the calibration ability of post-stroke drivers.

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the cognition, self-rated performance, and estimation of task demand in a driving simulator with post-stroke drivers and controls.

    Methods: A between-groups study design was employed, which included a post-stroke driver group and a group of similarly aged older control drivers. Both groups were observed driving in two simulator-based driving scenarios and asked to complete the NASA Task Load Index (TLX) to assess their perceived task demand and self-rate their driving performance. Participants also completed a battery of psychometric tasks to assess attention and executive function, which was used to determine whether post-stroke cognitive impairment impacted on calibration.

    Results: There was no difference in the amount of perceived task demand required to complete the driving task. Despite impairments in cognition, the post-stroke drivers were not more likely to over-estimate their driving abilities than controls. On average, the post-stroke drivers self-rated themselves more poorly than the controls and this rating was related to cognitive ability.

    Conclusion: This study suggests that post-stroke drivers may be aware of their deficits and adjust their driving behavior. Furthermore, using self-performance measures alongside a driving simulator and cognitive assessments may provide complementary fitness-to-drive assessments, as well as rehabilitation tools during post-stroke recovery.

  • 264.
    Blom, Anna-Klara
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Andersson, Charlotta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Akuta responser vid högintensiv uppvärmning hos idrottare2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: Att undersöka förändringar i autonom balans och forcerad expiratorisk volym (FEV1) före jämfört med efter specifik intervalluppvärmning hos idrottare utan någon form av astma eller ansträngningsutlöst bronkokonstriktion (EIB). Detta för att se vilken belastning som är bäst lämpad att använda i vidare studie av akuta responser vid högintensiv uppvärmning hos individer med EIB, samt om en förskjutning i autonom balans mot en förhöjd sympatikusaktivitet parallellt med ett ökat FEV1 kan ses hos friska idrottare. 

    Metod: Fyra deltagare utförde ett Maximal Aerobic Power output test (MAP) för att beräkna maximal aerob effekt. Cykelintervaller utfördes sedan på fyra olika nivåer av intensitet (75–150% av MAP) där hjärtfrekvensvariabilitet och FEV1 mättes före och efter.

    Resultat: Endast vid cykelintervaller på 150% av MAP sågs en förändring i autonom balans med ett ökat sympatikuspåslag och ett minskat parasympatikuspåslag hos alla deltagare före jämfört med efter intervallerna. Ingen tydlig ökning sågs i FEV1 före jämfört med efter cykelintervaller på de fyra olika nivåerna av belastning (75–150% av MAP).

    Slutsats: En belastning på minst 150% av MAP kan leda till en förskjutning i autonom balans mot en förhöjd sympatikusaktivitet skall ske hos friska idrottare. FEV1 tycks ej följa kurvan för autonom balans vid samma belastning hos idrottare utan astma.

  • 265.
    Blom, Kerstin
    et al.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Tarkian Tillgren, Hanna
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Wiklund, Tobias
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Pain and Rehabilitation Center.
    Danlycke, Ewa
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Forssen, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Söderström, Alexandra
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Johansson, Robert
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Hesser, Hugo
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Jernelov, Susanna
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Lindefors, Nils
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Andersson, Gerhard
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Kaldo, Viktor
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Internet-vs. group-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia: A randomized controlled non-inferiority trial2015In: Behaviour Research and Therapy, ISSN 0005-7967, E-ISSN 1873-622X, Vol. 70, p. 47-55Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to compare guided Internet-delivered to group-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia. We conducted an 8-week randomized controlled non-inferiority trial with 6-months follow-up. Participants were forty-eight adults with insomnia, recruited via media. Interventions were guided Internet-delivered CBT (ICBT) and group-delivered CBT (GCBT) for insomnia. Primary outcome measure was the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), secondary outcome measures were sleep diary data, depressive symptoms, response- and remission rates. Both treatment groups showed significant improvements and large effect sizes for ISI (Within Cohens d: ICBT post = 1.8, 6-months follow-up = 2.1; GCBT post = 2.1, 6-months follow-up = 2.2). Confidence interval of the difference between groups posttreatment and at FU6 indicated non-inferiority of ICBT compared to GCBT. At post-treatment, two thirds of patients in both groups were considered responders (ISI-reduction greater than 7p). Using diagnostic criteria, 63% (ICBT) and 75% (GCBT) were in remission. Sleep diary data showed moderate to large effect sizes. We conclude that both guided Internet-CBT and group-CBT in this study were efficacious with regard to insomnia severity, sleep parameters and depressive symptoms. The results are in line with previous research, and strengthen the evidence for guided Internet-CBT for insomnia. Trial registration: The study protocol was approved by, and registered with, the regional ethics review board in Linkoping, Sweden, registration number 2010/385-31.

  • 266.
    Blomgren, Johannes
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Strandell, Erika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Jull, Gwendolen
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation. Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.
    Vikman, Irene
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Röijezon, Ulrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Effects of deep cervical flexor training on impaired physiological functions associated with chronic neck pain: a systematic review2018In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN 1471-2474, E-ISSN 1471-2474, Vol. 19, article id 415Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background:Neck pain is a major health issue with high rates of recurrence. It presents with a variety ofaltered sensorimotor functions. Exercise is a cornerstone of rehabilitation and many training methods areused. Exercise is evaluated in most randomized controlled trials on its pain relieving effects. No review hasassessed the effect of exercise on the altered physiological functions or determined if there are differentialeffects of particular training methods. This review investigated the effects of deep cervical flexor (DCF)training, a training method commonly used for patients with neck pain, and compared it to other trainingmethodsornotrainingonoutcomesofcervicalneuromuscular function, muscle size, kinematics and kinetics.Methods:Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, PubMed were searched from inception until January 2018. Twelverandomized controlled trials were included that compared DCF training as sole intervention to other trainingor no interventions in persons with neck pain. The Cochrane Risk of Bias tool was used to assess the methodquality. All outcome measures were analysed descriptively and meta-analyses were performed for measuresevaluated in three or more studies.Results:DCF training was compared to cervical endurance, strength, proprioception and mobility training,muscle stretching, and no intervention control groups. Physiological outcome measures includedneuromuscular co-ordination (craniocervical flexion test), functional tasks, muscle fatigability, muscle size,kinematics (joint position sense, posture and range of motion) and kinetics (strength, endurance andcontraction accuracy). Strong evidence was found for effectiveness of DCF training on neuromuscularcoordination, but it had no or small effects on strength and endurance at higher loads. DCF trainingimproved head and cervical posture, while evidence was limited or contradictory for other measures.Conclusions:DCF training can successfully address impaired neuromuscular coordination, but not cervicalflexor strength and endurance at higher contraction intensities. A multimodal training regime is proposedwhen the aim is to specifically address various impaired physiological functions associated with neck pain

  • 267.
    Blomkvist, Anna-Christina
    et al.
    University of Lulea, Department of Human Work Science.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Computer use in cold environments2000In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 239-245Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study addresses computer work in cold environments with the two-fold aim to explore conditions for such work, and to add knowledge about the use of fingers at data entry in the cold. Five workplaces were visited and work contents and use of computers are briefly described. Effects of work in the cold were in line with those mentioned in the literature, and manual lifting of heavy goods the most impairing activity. Subjects contended with strenuous working postures--holding the computers in their hands or arms--and with cold fingers. Individual fingering for data input was noted. Forefinger or a pen were used, and a pen is recommendable for input, either as a touch pen or, simply to press the keys. A supportive rack could be recommended for portable workstations.

  • 268.
    Blomkvist, Anna-Christina
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Datoranvändning i kyla1997Report (Other academic)
  • 269.
    Blomqvist, Linnea
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences.
    Sambandet mellan undersökningsinstrument för fysisk aktivitet som används för barn med övervikt2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    Investigation physical activity in a population gives descriptive data and the

    result serves as a measuring instrument for how future interventions ought to

    be designed. The purpose of this study was to see whether any associations

    existed between three examination instruments for physical activity that are

    used with children with overweight. Method: The participants were

    measured, weighed, estimated their physical activity (questionnaire), testing

    their physical performance (six-minute walking test) and their physical

    activity was measured (accelerometer). Results: Eight girls, aged 7-13, body

    mass index of 26 ± 3.7, participated. The majority of the children estimated

    to be physically active for 30-60 min/day, during weekdays and weekends,

    but seen as a group the estimation was significantly lower on the weekend.

    Their physical performance showed a significantly lower value than the

    predicted value. The children performed on average for 67 ± 24 min / day

    during the week and significantly less (31 ± 29.7 min / day) on weekends. A

    significant association existed between performed physical activity during

    weekdays and the performance test. A formula for how this relationship

    could be calculated was designed. Conclusion: Despite low numbers of

    participants the result of the study could indicate that 6MWT can be used not

    only for assessing the performance but also to calculate the executed amount

    of activity during weekdays.

  • 270.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Postural balance, physical activity and capacity among young people with intellectual disability2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate postural balance, physical activity, physical capacity and their associations in young people (16-20 years) with intellectual disability (ID), mild to moderate. The aim was also to study the reliability and concurrent validity of postural balance tests.

    To evaluate postural balance, one assessor used five common postural balance tests and one new test. The tests were performed twice for 89 young people with ID (one to twelve days apart). Intraclass correlation coefficients greater than 0.80 were achieved for four of the common balance tests: Extended Timed Up and Go Test (ETUGT), Modified Forward Reach Test (MFRT), One-Leg Stance Test (OLS), and a Force Platform Test (FPT). The smallest real difference ranged from 12% to 40%; less than 20% is considered to be low. For the six balance tests, the concurrent validity varied between none to low.

    Falls are more common for young people with ID compared to young people without ID. One reason could be impaired postural balance. The postural balance for young people with ID has not been thoroughly investigated. Therefore, five balance tests and three muscle strength tests were used to compare young people with ID with an age-matched control group without ID (n=255). The young people with ID had significantly lower scores on most of the postural balance tests and muscle strength tests of the trunk and lower limbs. Muscle strength, height, and body mass index had no strong association with postural balance. The results also illustrated that young people with ID did not rely more on vision for their balance ability compared to peers without ID.

    It seems that postural balance is impaired for young people with ID when evaluated with common tests. An everyday situation is to react to unexpected balance disturbances to avoid falls by using different postural responses. Since young people with ID seem to fall more often than peers without ID, it is valuable to investigate if those postural responses are different between the groups. Therefore, young people with and without ID (n=99) were exposed to six backward surface translations and several postural muscle responses were evaluated: muscle synergies and strategies, muscle onset latency, time-to-peak amplitude, and adaptation. The responses of the investigated muscles – the gastrocnemius, the biceps femoris, and the erector spinae L4 level – were measured using electromyography. The results showed that there were no differences between the two groups with respect to synergies or strategies, muscle onset latency, and time-to-peak amplitude. An overall pattern was seen, that young people with ID adapted their muscle response slower in all three muscles than peers without ID, but this pattern was not statistically significant.

    Studies have shown that people with ID have impaired postural balance, a lower level of physical activity, and lower aerobic capacity compared to people without ID. The association is however not investigated. Therefore, postural balance (postural sway indirectly measured with the subjects standing on a force platform), physical activity (measured with a pedometer), and aerobic capacity (measured with a sub-maximal ergometer cycle test) were used to assess young people with and without ID (n=106). To investigate the subjects’ view of their own health, the subjects completed an adapted questionnaire that addressed their perceived health. The analysis showed no significant associations between postural balance, level of physical activity, and aerobic capacity. The subjects in the ID group, both men and women, had significantly lower aerobic capacity compared to subjects without ID. The answers from the health questionnaire did not correspond to the measured outcomes from the physical tests for young people with ID.

    In conclusion, ETUGT and MFRT can be used to evaluate change in postural balance over time in young people with mild to moderate ID. The low concurrent validity suggests that the postural balance tests probably challenge various subsystems. Young people with ID have impaired postural balance and perform lower on muscle strength tests than age-matched controls. Postural muscle responses after external perturbations seem to be similar for young people with and without ID, but the ability to adapt muscle responses after repeated perturbations appears to be slower for young people with ID. The studies in the thesis also indicate that young people with ID have reduced level of physical activity and lower aerobic capacity. The lack of association between the different physical functions indicates that they should be evaluated and exercised separately. Young persons with ID might have more difficulty realising the health advantage of being physically active, as they do not seem to make this connection. Because of this, it is important that parents/guardians, school staff, physiotherapists, and others encourage them to participate in physical activity.

  • 271.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    Gävle Högskola.
    Lönnberg, Lisa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Sundelin, Gunnevi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Wester, Anita
    Skolverket.
    Rehn, Börje
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Physical Exercise Frequency Seem not to Influence Postural Balance but Trunk Muscle Endurance in Young Persons with Intellectual Disability2017In: Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, ISSN 2373-2156, E-ISSN 2373-2164, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 38-47Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The influence of various physical exercise frequencies on postural balance and muscle performance among young persons with intellectual disability (ID) is not well understood.

    Method: Cross-sectional data from 26 elite athletes were compared with 37 students at a sports school and to 57 students at a special school, all diagnosed with mild to moderate ID and with different exercise frequencies. Data were also compared with a group of 149 age-matched participants without ID.

    Results: There were no significant differences in postural balance between young ID groups regardless of physical exercise frequency, all of them had however impaired postural balance compared to the non-ID group. The group with high exercise performed better than the other ID groups in the trunk muscle endurance test.

    Conclusions: It appears as if physical exercise frequency don’t improve postural balance but endurance in the trunk muscles for young persons with ID.

  • 272.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Olsson, Josefine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Wallin, Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Wester, Anita
    Rehn, Börje
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Adolescents with intellectual disability have reduced postural balance and muscle performance in trunk and lower limbs compared to peers without intellectual disability2013In: Research in Developmental Disabilities, ISSN 0891-4222, E-ISSN 1873-3379, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 198-206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    For adolescent people with ID, falls are more common compared to peers without ID. However, postural balance among this group is not thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to compare balance and muscle performance among adolescents aged between 16 and 20 years with a mild to moderate intellectual disability (ID) to age-matched adolescents without ID. A secondary purpose was to investigate the influence of vision, strength, height and Body Mass Index (BMI) on balance. A group of 100 adolescents with ID and a control group of 155 adolescents without ID were investigated with five balance tests and three strength tests: timed up and go test, one leg stance, dynamic one leg stance, modified functional reach test, force platform test, counter movement jump, sit-ups, and Biering-Sorensen trunk extensor endurance test. The results showed that adolescents with an ID in general had significantly lower scores in the balance and muscle performance tests. The group with ID did not have a more visually dominated postural control compared to the group without ID. Height, BMI or muscle performance had no strong correlations with balance performance. It appears as if measures to improve balance and strength are required already at a young age for people with an ID. 

  • 273.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Sports science.
    Rehn, Börje
    Institutionen för Samhällsmedicin och Rehabilitering, Fysioterapi, Umeå universitet.
    Fysisk aktivitet och hälsa för personer med utvecklingsstörning2015In: Fysioterapi, ISSN 1653-5804, no 1, p. 26-31Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Hälsa är en förutsättning för att kunna förverkliga sina mål i livet. Personer med utvecklingsstörning, cirka 90 000 i Sverige, har nedsatt hälsa jämfört med personer utan utvecklingsstörning och det leder till att denna grupp har svårare att uppfylla sina mål. Personer med utvecklingsstörning drabbas i större utsträckning av övervikt, typ 2-diabetes, hjärt- och kärlsjukdomar, högt blodtryck, benskörhet och depression. Undersökningar visar också på nedsatt fysisk aktivitet, motorik, syreupptagningsförmåga, muskelstyrka och postural balans hos denna grupp. Dessa sjukdomar och nedsatta förmågor går att påverkai positiv riktning med fysisk aktivitet. Fysioterapeuter som har bred kunskap om hälsa och anpassning av fysisk aktivitet kan vara till stor hjälp vid prevention, bedömning och träning.

  • 274.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Sports science.
    Wester, Anita
    Department of Research and Evaluation, Swedish National Agency for Education.
    Lönnberg, Lisa
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Sundelin, Gunnevi
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Rehn, Börje
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Physical exercise frequency seem not to influence postural balance but trunk muscle endurance in young persons with intellectual disability2017In: Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, ISSN 2373-2156, E-ISSN 2373-2164, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 38-47Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background The influence of various physical exercise frequencies on postural balance and muscle performance among young persons with intellectual disability (ID) is not well understood.

    Method Cross-sectional data from 26 elite athletes were compared with 37 students at a sports school and to 57 students at a special school, all diagnosed with mild to moderate ID and with different exercise frequencies. Data were also compared with a group of 149 age-matched participants without ID.

    Results There were no significant differences in postural balance between young ID groups regardless of physical exercise frequency, all of them had however impaired postural balance compared to the non-ID group. The group with high exercise performed better than the other ID groups in the trunk muscle endurance test.

    Conclusions It appears as if physical exercise frequency don’t improve postural balance but endurance in the trunk muscles for young persons with ID.

  • 275.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Wester, Anita
    Skolverket.
    Persson, Elin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Sundkvist, Hillevi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Sundelin, Gunnevi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Rehn, Börje
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Postural stability, physical activity, aerobic capacity and their associations for young people with and without intellectual disabilities2014In: European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, ISSN 1803-3857, E-ISSN 1803-3857, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 22-30Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous studies show that people with intellectual disability (ID) appear to have impaired postural stability, a lower level of physical activity, and lower aerobic capacity compared to persons without ID, limitations that could affect their health. This study investigates these physical functions and their associations in a group of young people with ID compared to an age-matched group without ID. In total, this cross-sectional study included 106 high school students (16-20 years): 57 students with mild to moderate ID and 49 agematched students without ID (control group). Tests were performed for postural stability, level of physical activity, and aerobic capacity. Both females and males with ID had significantly lower estimated maximum oxygen uptake (l O2/min) (p< 0.001 for females and p=0.004 for males) and a lower aerobic capacity expressed relative to body weight (ml O2/ kg*min) (p< 0.001 for females and p=0.012 for males) compared to age-matched peers. Analyses of associations were made using the Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multivariate linear regression analysis. No significant associations could be found. Physical status appears impaired for young people with ID and functions, such as postural stability, should be evaluated separately

  • 276.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Wester, Anita
    Skolverket.
    Rehn, Börje
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Postural muscle responses and adaptations to backward platform perturbations in young people with and without intellectual disability2014In: Gait & Posture, ISSN 0966-6362, E-ISSN 1879-2219, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 904-908Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines postural muscle responses to backward perturbations in young people with and without intellectual disability (ID). The study included 56 young people with ID and 43 age-matched without ID volunteers. The subjects stood on a platform that was moved backwards in a surface translation. Lower and upper leg muscles and lower back spine muscles were recorded with surface electromyography (EMG). Muscle onset latency, time to peak amplitude (EMG), adaption of muscle responses to repeated perturbations (using IEMG for epochs), and synergies and strategies were assessed. The result showed no differences between the two groups in muscle onset latency, time to peak amplitude, synergies, and strategies. However, young people with ID tended to adapt their IEMG less compared to the controls. These findings suggest that young people with ID have limited ability to adapt their postural muscle responses to repeated perturbations.

  • 277.
    Blomqvist, Sven
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Wester, Anita
    Sundelin, Gunnevi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Rehn, Börje
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Test-retest reliability, smallest real difference and concurrent validity of six different balance tests on young people with mild to moderate intellectual disability2012In: Physiotherapy, ISSN 0031-9406, E-ISSN 1873-1465, Vol. 98, no 4, p. 313-319Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives Some studies have reported that people with intellectual disability may have reduced balance ability compared with the population in general. However, none of these studies involved adolescents, and the reliability and validity of balance tests in this population are not known. The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of six different balance tests and to investigate their concurrent validity.

    Design Test-retest reliability assessment.

    Settings All subjects were recruited from a special school for people with intellectual disability in Bollnas, Sweden.

    Participants Eighty-nine adolescents (35 females and 54 males) with mild to moderate intellectual disability with a mean age of 18 years (range 16 to 20 years).

    Interventions All subjects followed the same test protocol on two occasions within an 11-day period.

    Main outcomes Balance test performances.

    Results Intraclass correlation coefficients greater than 0.80 were achieved for four of the balance tests: Extended Timed Up and Go Test, Modified Functional Reach Test, One-leg Stance Test and Force Platform Test. The smallest real differences ranged from 12% to 40%; less than 20% is considered to be low. Concurrent validity among these balance tests varied between no and low correlation.

    Conclusion The results indicate that these tests could be used to evaluate changes in balance ability over time in people with mild to moderate intellectual disability. The low concurrent validity illustrates the importance of knowing more about the influence of various sensory subsystems that are significant for balance among adolescents with intellectual disability.

    (C) 2011 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 278.
    Bocké, Charlotte
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Uppfattningar efter total höftledsplastik hos patienter som inte är nöjda med resultatet efter operationen: En kvalitativ innehällsanalys.2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Bakgrund

    För patienter med höftledsartros och som genomgått primär höftprotesoperation i Sverige, är implantatöverlevnaden nästan 100% efter ett år. Trots detta är nöjdheten hos patienterna knappt 90%. Genom patientrapporterat utfall har Svenska höftprotesregistret identifierat personer som angett att de är osäkra och missnöjda vid ett ärsuppföljningen.

    Syfte

    Syftet med studien var att belysa uppfattningar om resultatet ett år efter höftprotesoperation hos patienter som inte är nöjda trots avsaknad av registrerad komplikation.

    Metod

    Deltagare rekryterades frän Svenska höftprotesregistrets databas. Semistrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med tjugotvå personer (femton kvinnor och sju män) i åldern 49-85 är om sina erfarenheter och uppfattningar av resultet efter total höftprotesoperation. Intervjuerna analyserades med kvalitativ innehållsanalys.

    Resultat

    Deltagarna hade en önskan om en gedigen och förlängd support och vägledning när livet var begränsat av funktionshinder. Analysen resulterade i fyra kategorier: Ett liv begränsat av funktionshinder, Negativ inverkan på det dagliga livet, Upplevelse av otillräckligt stöd och bemötande, Sjukvärdspersonalens begränsade tillgänglighet.

    Konklusion

    Patienters uppfattningar om nöjdhet med resultatet efter total höftprotesoperation är komplext och innefattar många av livets områden. Ingen av deltagarnas förväntningar var helt uppfyllda. Vägledning och stöd från hälso- och sjukvården är viktiga för patienten även om ortopedkliniken anser att interventionen är uppfylld.

  • 279.
    Bohlen, S
    et al.
    Department of Neurology, University Hospital Muenster, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany;.
    Ekwall, Camilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    Hellström, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    Vesterlin, H
    Björnefur, M
    Wiklund, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Reilmann, R
    Physical therapy in Huntington's disease: towards objective assessments?2013In: European Journal of Neurology, ISSN 1351-5101, E-ISSN 1468-1331, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 389-393Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and purpose

    Physical therapy is recommended for the treatment of Huntington's disease, but reliable studies investigating its efficacy are almost non-existent. This may in part be due to the lack of suitable outcome measures. Therefore, we investigated the applicability of novel quantitative and objective assessments of motor dysfunction in the evaluation of physical therapy interventions aimed at improving gait and posture.

    Methods

    Twelve patients with Huntington disease received a predefined twice-weekly intervention focusing on posture and gait over 6 weeks. The GAITRite mat and a force plate were used for objective and quantitative assessments. The Unified Huntingtons Disease Rating Scale Total Motor Score, the timed Up &Go test, and the Berg Balance Scale were used as clinical outcome measures.

    Results

    Significant improvements were seen in GAITRite measures after therapy. Improvements were also seen in the Up & Go test and Berg Balance Scale, whereas force plate measures and Total Motor Scores did not change.

    Conclusions

    The results suggest that physical therapy has a positive effect on gait in Huntington's disease. The study shows that objective and quantitative measures of gait and posture may serve as endpoints in trials assessing the efficacy of physical therapy. They should be explored further in larger trials applying a randomized controlled setting.

  • 280.
    Bohman, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Upplevelser av hur fysisk aktivitet på recept - FaR - påverkar den fysiska och mentala hälsan hos patienter inom primärvården: En intervjustudie2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: Otillräcklig fysisk aktivitet är idag ett stort problem på både individ- och samhällsnivå. Fysisk aktivitet på recept, FaR, har på senare år blivit ett vanligt verktyg för att behandla och förebygga sjukdomar hos patienter inom primärvården. Det råder idag en brist på information om patienternas upplevelser av FaR. Syftet med studien var därför att undersöka hur patienter, som har blivit ordinerade FaR, upplever att receptet har påverkat den fysiska och mentala hälsan.

    Metod: I processen har en kvalitativ, beskrivande forskningsdesign använts. Studien bygger på intervjuer med 10 personer och individuella intervjuer med ett semistrukturerat frågeformulär användes. Intervjuerna transkriberades och analyserades med hjälp av kvalitativ innehållsanalys. Målet med den induktiva, kvalitativa innehållsanalysen var att ge en ökad kunskap och förståelse inom det undersökta området.

    Resultat: Resultatet av innehållsanalysen visade på upplevelser av bland annat ökat fysiskt och psykosomatiskt välbefinnande samt ökad fysisk uthållighet och styrka .

    Slutsats: Studien visar på ett antal olika upplevelser hos patienter inom primärvården som har ökat sin fysiska aktivitetsnivå via FaR. Upplevelser som kan tas tillvara på av sjukgymnaster/fysioterapeuter i det kliniska arbetet för att stödja patienter i deras strävan till ett mer aktivt liv. Fortsatt forskning inom området premieras förhoppningsvis i framtiden för att ytterligare öka förståelsen kring upplevelser av FaR samt för att öka förståelsen kring vilka motivationsfaktorer som kan vara avgörande för en ökad fysisk aktivitet.

  • 281. Bohman, Tony
    et al.
    Bottai, Matteo
    Björklund, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation. Department of Occupational Health Sciences and Psychology, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Predictive models for short-term and long-term improvement in women under physiotherapy for chronic disabling neck pain: a longitudinal cohort study2019In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 9, no 4, article id e024557Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To develop predictive models for short-term and long-term clinically important improvement in women with non-specific chronic disabling neck pain during the clinical course of physiotherapy.

    Design: Longitudinal cohort study based on data from a randomised controlled trial evaluating short-term and long-term effects on sensorimotor function over 11 weeks of physiotherapy.

    Participants and settings: Eighty-nine women aged 31–65 years with non-specific chronic disabling neck pain from Gävle, Sweden.

    Measures: The outcome, clinically important improvement, was measured with the Patient Global Impression of Change Scale (PGICS) and the Neck Disability Index (NDI), assessed by self-administered questionnaires at 3, 9 and 15 months from the start of the interventions (baseline). Twelve baseline prognostic factors were considered in the analyses. The predictive models were built using random-effects logistic regression. The predictive ability of the models was measured by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Internal validity was assessed with cross-validation using the bootstrap resampling technique.

    Results: Factors included in the final PGICS model were neck disability and age, and in the NDI model, neck disability, depression and catastrophising. In both models, the odds for short-term and long-term improvement increased with higher baseline neck disability, while the odds decreased with increasing age (PGICS model), and with increasing level of depression (NDI model). In the NDI model, higher baseline levels of catastrophising indicated increased odds for short-term improvement and decreased odds for long-term improvement. Both models showed acceptable predictive validity with an AUC of 0.64 (95% CI 0.55 to 0.73) and 0.67 (95% CI 0.59 to 0.75), respectively.

    Conclusion: Age, neck disability and psychological factors seem to be important predictors of improvement, and may inform clinical decisions about physiotherapy in women with chronic neck pain. Before using the developed predictive models in clinical practice, however, they should be validated in other populations and tested in clinical settings.

  • 282. Bohman, Tony
    et al.
    Tegern, Matthias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation. Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Halvarsson, Alexandra
    Broman, Lisbet
    Larsson, Helena
    Concurrent validity of an isokinetic lift test used for admission to the Swedish Armed Forces2018In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 13, no 11, article id e0207054Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to assess the concurrent validity of the IsoKai isokinetic lift test peak force (IsoKai(Peak))1 in comparison to a submaximal 5-1ORM deadlift test (5-10RM(DL)), and to develop an equation for converting the IsoKai(Peak) in Newton (N) to an estimated 1 RM (1 RMest) deadlift load in kilograms (kg). The participants included 28 males and 16 female employees in the Swedish Armed Forces (20-59 years). Each participant conducted the IsoKai lift test, followed by the 5-1ORM(DL) test at one occasion. The Pearson's correlation coefficient, with a 95% confidence interval was calculated to evaluate the validity between the IsoKai(peak) and the 1 RMest deadlift load derived from the 5-10RM(DL) test. Univariate and multivariable linear regressions were used to derive the equation for calculating the 1 RMest deadlift load based on the IsoKai(Peak)- The IsoKai(p)(eak) showed good- to-excellent correlation with the 1 RMest deadlift weight with a correlation coefficient of 0.84 (0.72-0.91) for the total sample, and 0.65 (0.37-0.83) and 0.81 (0.53-0.93) in males and females, respectively. The final equation, 1 RMest deadlift weight (kg) = -51.63 + (0.08 x IsoKai(Peak))1+ (2.28 x BMI), explained 72% (adjusted R-2 = 0.72) of the total variance in the 1 RMest, and had a standard error of the estimate (SEE) of 16.57 kg. In conclusion, the IsoKai isokinetic lift test could be considered a highly valid measure of maximal dynamic muscular strength in comparison to the 5-10RM(DL). The equation can be used to convert the IsoKai lift test (N) results to an 1 RMest deadlift load (kg), but with consideration of the relative large SEE.

  • 283.
    Bolin, Jonas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    En motorisk 5 års-uppföljning av underburna barn på Sundsvalls Sjukhus2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning:  Syfte: Att beskriva perinatala bakgrundsfaktorers betydelse avseende motorisk utveckling vid fem års ålder hos barn födda före vecka 32+0 GA, vårdade vid länsverksamheten Barn och Ungdom, Sundsvalls sjukhus mellan åren 2006-2009. Ett annat syfte var att se vilken motorisk förmåga denna grupp underburna barn hade vid fem års ålder jämfört med normalpopulationen.

    Metod: En retrospektiv longitudinell journalstudie där journaldata för 43 barn födda före vecka 32+0 GA vid Sundsvall sjukhus, avseende bakgrundsfaktorer som födelsevikt, födelselängd, huvudomfång samt om barnen initialt vårdats i respirator jämfördes med resultat från ett motoriskt test vid fem års ålder (Movement ABC) Resultatet vid den motoriska uppföljningen vid fem års ålder analyserades även mot normativa data från Movement ABC.

    Resultat: Gruppen barn (n=43) födda före vecka 32+0 GA visade signifikant större motoriska funktionsnedsättningar än normalpopulationen p<0,0001. Av dessa hamnade 23,3 % i kategorin avvikande motorisk förmåga (under percentil 5). Ingen skillnad noterades mellan de mycket underburna och de extremt underburna barnen (<vecka 28+0 GA). Födelselängd, födelsevikt samt hur många dygn barnen legat i respirator initialt inverkade inte på det motoriska resultatet vid femårsuppföljningen. Barn med större huvudomfång (≥+1SD) vid födseln uppvisade större motoriska svårigheter vid uppföljningen (p=0,035). En tendens sågs även mot att flickor klarade sig bättre än pojkarna motoriskt men skillnaden var inte signifikant (p=0,06).

    Slutsats: Gruppen mycket och extremt underburna får oftare än fullgångna barn motoriska svårigheter. Därför är det viktigt att denna grupp följs upp så att barn som behöver extra stöd snabbt kan få detta. Stor försiktighet bör iakttas vid tolkning av perinatala bakgrundsfaktorers påverkan då studiepopulationen var mycket liten.

  • 284.
    Boman, Cecilia
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    Hanna, Dalina
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    Fysioterapeuters och användares erfarenheter av Hälsoapplikationer2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Applikationer för mobiltelefoner kan användas för understödjande av fysisk aktivitet och träning. En hälsorelaterad applikation med funktioner som kartläggning eller feedback och påminnelse kan användas för att främja fysisk aktivitet och träning men också fungera som ett arbetsverktyg för fysioterapeuter för samma syfte.

     

    Syfte: Syftet med studien är att undersöka fysioterapeuters och användares erfarenheter av att använda hälsofrämjande applikationer för fysisk aktivitet och träning.

     

    Metod: Studien genomfördes med en kvalitativ design i form av en intervjustudie med en induktiv ansats. Urvalet bestod av tre fysioterapeuter och tre användare där analysen av data genomfördes med en kvalitativ innehållsanalys.

     

    Resultat: Intervjuerna resulterade i fem kategorier och 13 underkategorier berörande fysioterapeuter och användares erfarenheter av användandet applikationer för fysisk aktivitet och träning Kategorierna blev: applikationen ger feedback, applikationen underlättar kartläggning, känslomässiga reaktioner av applikationen, upplevda hinder med applikationen för en beteendeförändring och ökad motivation för fysisk träning och aktivitet.

     

    Slutsatser: Deltagarna i studien var överlag positiva till användandet av applikationer. Deltagarnas erfarenheter av applikationer pekar på att applikationer fungerar som ett bra hjälpmedel för att främja fysisk aktivitet och träning, samt fungerar också som ett hälsofrämjande arbetsverktyg för fysioterapeuter. Resultatet visade också på stress och frustration vid ouppnådda hälsomål.

     

    Nyckelord: Applikationer, ehälsa, fysioterapi, fysisk aktivitet, hälsofrämjande

  • 285.
    Bonn, Stephanie E.
    et al.
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Löf, Marie
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Ostenson, Claes-Goeran
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Lagerros, Ylva Trolle
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden; Karolinska Univ Hosp Huddinge, Sweden.
    App-technology to improve lifestyle behaviors among working adults - the Health Integrator study, a randomized controlled trial2019In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 19, article id 273Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BackgroundMobile health, mHealth is recognized as a strategy to improve lifestyle behaviors. Research targeting specific lifestyle behaviors has shown that interventions using smartphones can be effective. However, few studies have evaluated solutions with multicomponent interventions, tailoring the intervention to the specific needs of the participant using a combination of mHealth and conventional treatment. To accomplish this, we developed Health Integrator, an mHealth platform with services and offers in the areas of diet, physical activity, sleeping habits, stress, alcohol and tobacco use. In the system, the user selects an area of intervention together with a health coach and set weekly goals. This study protocol presents the design and methodology of the Health Integrator Study, a randomized controlled trial to promote improved lifestyle behaviors.MethodsA three-arm parallel randomized controlled trial (1:1:1) is conducted in the Stockholm County, Sweden. In total, 209 employees at a four different companies representing both white and blue collar workers, have been recruited.Participants are randomized to either a control group or to one of two intervention groups receiving a 3-month lifestyle behavior change program including either 1) use of Health Integrator and monthly health coaching sessions or 2) only Health Integrator.At baseline and follow-up after 3- and 6-months, all participants answer questionnaires assessing lifestyle behaviors and quality of life. At baseline and the 3-month follow-up (end of intervention period), weight, height, waist circumference and blood pressure are measured, and all participants wear an Actigraph accelerometer for 7days to assess physical activity. Blood lipid profile and HbA1c are measured among all participants at baseline. If baseline measures fall outside the normal range, a second measurement is done after 3months.DiscussionThe Health Integrator Intervention Study will evaluate if a personalized intervention combining mHealth and conventional programs for lifestyle change, with or without additional health coach sessions, can improve lifestyle behaviors and quality of life. Based on the results from this trial, Health Integrator can easily be implemented within a broad public.Trial registrationClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03579342. Retrospectively registered, first submitted May 8, 2018.

  • 286.
    Borg, S.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Öberg, B.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Nilsson, L.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Söderlund, Anne
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Bäck, M.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    The role of a behavioural medicine intervention in physiotherapy for the effects of rehabilitation outcomes in exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (ECRA) - the study protocol of a randomised, controlled trial2017In: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, ISSN 1471-2261, E-ISSN 1471-2261, Vol. 17, no 1, article id 134Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: To help patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) benefit from the positive health effects attained by exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR), adherence to these programmes according to international guidelines is important. Strategies to increase adherence to exercise-based CR are mainly an unexplored area. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of a behavioural medicine intervention in physiotherapy, containing goal-setting, self-monitoring and feedback, with the aim of improving rehabilitation outcomes for exercise-based CR, compared with usual care. Methods: This is a randomised, controlled trial. A total of 160 patients with CAD will be included consecutively at the Coronary Care Unit at a university hospital in Sweden. Patients are randomised 1:1 using sealed envelopes to usual care or a behavioural medicine intervention in physiotherapy, in addition to usual care for 4 months. Outcome assessment at baseline, 4 and 12 months includes submaximal aerobic capacity (primary outcome), exercise adherence, muscle endurance, level of physical activity, biomarkers, anxiety and depression, health-related quality of life, patient enablement and self-efficacy (secondary outcomes). Discussion: This is the first study to evaluate the role of an integrated behavioural medicine intervention in exercise-based CR in the effects of rehabilitation outcomes. The results of this study will provide valuable information about the effect of these interventions in exercise-based CR and it has the potential to inform and assist in further treatment in secondary prevention for patients with CAD. Trial registration: The study include all items from the World Health Organization Trial Registration Data Set. Trial registration number: NCT02895451, 2016-08-16, retrospectively registered. 

  • 287.
    Borg, Tina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Smärtvariabilitet hos tandläkarstudenter med nackbesvär.: En longitudinell studie.2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet var att beskriva smärtfrekvens och smärtvariabilitet med avseende på nacksmärta hos en grupp tandläkarstudenter under klinisk utbildning. Ytterligare ett syfte var att redogöra för faktorer som predicerar smärtvariabilitet.

     

    Metod: Designen var en longitudinell kohortstudie. Sjutton tandläkarstudenter med nackbesvär fick besvara frågor om smärta, symptom, funktion, stress, fysisk aktivitet, hälsorelaterad livskvalitet och medicinering samt genomgå en funktionsundersökning. Därefter skattades smärtintensiteten under 4 veckor med numerical rating scale (NRS). Variabiliteten beräknades genom den intraindividuella standardavvikelsen av samtliga smärtskattningar. Multipel linjär regression användes för att undersöka predicerande faktorer.

     

    Resultat: Samtliga upplevde återkommande besvär, 53 % angav besvär ibland/då och då, 24 % flera gånger i veckan och 24 % dagligen. Medelvärdet för smärtvariabiliteten var 1,2 (variationsvidd 0-3). Att ha besvär utan diagnos predicerade ökad variabilitet (2,2 skalsteg på NRS). En diagnos på cervikalgi eller trapeziusmyalgi predicerade en minskning av variabiliteten (1,8 resp. 1,2 skalsteg på NRS).

     

    Slutsats: Tandläkarstudenter med nackbesvär upplever återkommande nackbesvär. Smärtan uppvisar variabilitet i intensitet för de allra flesta och variabiliteten motsvarar en klinisk relevant skillnad för över två tredjedelar. Att inte ha en funktionsdiagnos predicerar hög variabilitet och att ha en diagnos på trapeziusmyalgi eller cervikalgi predicerar låg variabilitet. Urvalet var litet så resultatet bör tolkas med försiktighet.

     

  • 288.
    Borgestig, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    The impact of gaze-based assistive technology on daily activities in children with severe physical impairments2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of the thesis was to investigate the impact of gaze-based assistive technology on daily activities in children with severe physical impairments and without speech. The objectives were to develop and pilot a gaze-based assistive technology intervention (GAT intervention) at home and in school for these children and to understand its impact on daily activities as experienced by their parents.

    Methods: Study I was a pilot study in which the basic components that were developed for the intervention were evaluated for students with physical impairments. The study aimed at improving the use of computers as assistive technology (AT) in school. Based on the findings in Study I, the GAT intervention was developed. The GAT intervention aimed at implementing gaze-based AT in daily activities. It consisted of two parts; having access to gaze-based AT and having access to services from a multi professional communication team during nine to ten months. Studies II-IV concerned gazebased AT for children with severe physical impairments without speech who participated in the GAT intervention. The participants were ten children (ages 1-15) (Studies II, III), and their parents (Study IV). Studies II and III had longitudinal designs and children were followed during 15-20 months with repeated measurements before, after and at follow-up. In Study II children’s repertoire of computer activities, extent of use, and goal attainment with gaze-based AT was evaluated, as well as parents’ satisfaction with the AT and with services. In Study III children’s eye gaze performance when using gaze-based AT was examined. In Study IV, parents were interviewed twice with the aim of  exploring their experiences of children’s gaze-based AT use in daily life. In Study IV a hermeneutical approach was used.

    Results: The findings of Study I showed that the basic components of intervention improved the use of computers in school. Study II showed an increased repertoire of computer activities with the gazebased AT, maintained use in daily activities for all at follow up, and that all children attained goals for gaze-based AT use in daily activities. Parents were satisfied with the gaze-based AT, and with the services in the GAT intervention. In study III, nine children improved in eye gaze performance over time when using the gaze-based AT in daily activities. Study IV revealed that children’s gaze-based AT usage in daily activities made a difference to parents since the children demonstrated agency, and showed their personality and competencies by using gaze-based AT, and for the parents this opened up infinite possibilities for the child to do and learn things. Overall, children’s gaze-based AT usage provided parents with hope of a future in which their children could develop and have influence in life.

    Conclusions: This thesis shows that these children with severe physical impairments and without speech acquired sufficient gaze control skills to use gaze-based AT for daily activities in the home and at school. The gaze-based AT had a positive impact on performing activities, for example, play activities and communication- and interaction-related activities. For the parents, children’s gaze-based AT usage made a difference since it shaped a hope of a better future for their children, where they can develop and gain influence in their future life. Furthermore, the children continued to perform daily activities with gaze-based AT over time. This finding suggests that key persons were provided with sufficient knowledge and skills to support children in maintained use of gaze-based AT after withdrawal of the services provided in the GAT intervention.

  • 289.
    Borgestig, Maria
    Linköpings universitet, Linköping, Sweden.
    The impact of gaze-based assistive technology on daily activities in children with severe physical impairments2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of the thesis was to investigate the impact of gaze-based assistive technology on daily activities in children with severe physical impairments and without speech. The objectives were to develop and pilot a gaze-based assistive technology intervention (GAT intervention) at home and in school for these children and to understand its impact on daily activities as experienced by their parents.

    Methods: Study I was a pilot study in which the basic components that were developed for the intervention were evaluated for students with physical impairments. The study aimed at improving the use of computers as assistive technology (AT) in school. Based on the findings in Study I, the GAT intervention was developed. The GAT intervention aimed at implementing gaze-based AT in daily activities. It consisted of two parts; having access to gaze-based AT and having access to services from a multi professional communication team during nine to ten months. Studies II-IV concerned gazebased AT for children with severe physical impairments without speech who participated in the GAT intervention. The participants were ten children (ages 1-15) (Studies II, III), and their parents (Study IV). Studies II and III had longitudinal designs and children were followed during 15-20 months with repeated measurements before, after and at follow-up. In Study II children’s repertoire of computer activities, extent of use, and goal attainment with gaze-based AT was evaluated, as well as parents’ satisfaction with the AT and with services. In Study III children’s eye gaze performance when using gaze-based AT was examined. In Study IV, parents were interviewed twice with the aim of  exploring their experiences of children’s gaze-based AT use in daily life. In Study IV a hermeneutical approach was used.

    Results: The findings of Study I showed that the basic components of intervention improved the use of computers in school. Study II showed an increased repertoire of computer activities with the gazebased AT, maintained use in daily activities for all at follow up, and that all children attained goals for gaze-based AT use in daily activities. Parents were satisfied with the gaze-based AT, and with the services in the GAT intervention. In study III, nine children improved in eye gaze performance over time when using the gaze-based AT in daily activities. Study IV revealed that children’s gaze-based AT usage in daily activities made a difference to parents since the children demonstrated agency, and showed their personality and competencies by using gaze-based AT, and for the parents this opened up infinite possibilities for the child to do and learn things. Overall, children’s gaze-based AT usage provided parents with hope of a future in which their children could develop and have influence in life.

    Conclusions: This thesis shows that these children with severe physical impairments and without speech acquired sufficient gaze control skills to use gaze-based AT for daily activities in the home and at school. The gaze-based AT had a positive impact on performing activities, for example, play activities and communication- and interaction-related activities. For the parents, children’s gaze-based AT usage made a difference since it shaped a hope of a better future for their children, where they can develop and gain influence in their future life. Furthermore, the children continued to perform daily activities with gaze-based AT over time. This finding suggests that key persons were provided with sufficient knowledge and skills to support children in maintained use of gaze-based AT after withdrawal of the services provided in the GAT intervention.

  • 290.
    Boström, Fredrik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    Thernström, Johannes
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    Patienters skattning av hindrande smärta och self-efficacy före och efter diskbråcksoperation2010Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The purpose of the study was to examine if a pre- and post-operative difference could be seen in self-reported pain disability and self-efficacy among patients undergoing surgery as treatment for spinal disc herniation in order to improve process of rehabilitation.

    Method: A quantitative and descriptive design was used. 10 patients awaiting surgical treatment for spinal disc herniation were included at Akademiska sjukhuset (The Academic Hospital) in Uppsala. Participation was voluntary and the selection was made by convenience. Data was collected using The Pain Disability Index and Self-Efficacy Scale by which the patient would estimate how hindered they felt because of their pain in everyday activities and their self-efficacy to perform everyday activities. This was done the day before surgery and two weeks after surgery. The data was analyzed with Wilcoxon’s signed rank test and statistical significance was set to p<0,05.

    Results: The majority of patients reported an improvement after herniated disc surgery regarding PDI and self-efficacy. Statistically significant differences were established regarding both PDI (p=0,012) and Self-Efficacy Scale (p=0,009) in patients (n=10) before and after herniated disc-surgery.

    Conclusion: The study showed that the majority of the patients reported an improvement in both PDI and Self-Efficacy Scale after surgery. However, no conclusion could be made through this study due to the low number of participants (n=10).

  • 291.
    Boström, Gustaf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Depression in older people with and without dementia: non-pharmacological interventions and associations between psychotropic drugs and mortality2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis was to investigate associations between psychotropic drug use and death, associations between functional capacity, dependency in ADL and depression, and to evaluate a non-pharmacological intervention to reduce depressive symptoms, among older people with and without dementia.

    There is limited knowledge about the risk of death associated with psychotropic drug use among those aged ≥85 years, those with dementia, or those living in residential care facilities; groups that have a higher intake of psychotropic drugs and who are also more prone to adverse drug reactions. In a representative sample of people ≥85 years (n = 992), baseline antidepressant use was not associated with an increased 5-year mortality risk when adjusting for confounding factors. A significant interaction between gender and antidepressant use was found, with a higher mortality risk in women, than in men.  When analyzing men and women separately, no significant associations were found. In a sample of older people (i.e. ≥65 years) with dementia (n = 1037), there was a significant gender difference in 2-year mortality associated with the baseline use of antidepressant drugs, with a lower mortality risk in men, than in women. In men, the mortality risk was significantly reduced with antidepressant use, while there was no significant association in women. The association between baseline use of benzodiazepines and mortality had a tendency toward an increased risk during the first year of follow-up, although this became non-significant after adjustments. In this time period, the interaction term for sex was significant, with a higher mortality risk among men than women. When the sexes were analyzed separately, no significant associations were found. No significant associations were found between baseline use of antipsychotic drugs and mortality.

    Drug treatment for depression seems to have a limited effect in older people and may have no effect in people with dementia. In order to find alternative ways of treating or preventing depression in older age, it is important to increase our knowledge about factors associated with this condition. Functional capacity and dependency in activities of daily living (ADL) are associated with depression in community-dwelling older people. However, it is uncertain whether the same associations are to be found in very old people (i.e. ≥80 years), including those with severe cognitive or physical impairments. In a heterogeneous sample (n = 392) with a high mean age, a large range of cognitive and functional capacity, a wide spectrum of dependency in ADL, and a high prevalence of comorbidities, depressive symptoms were significantly associated with functional balance capacity, but not with overall dependency in ADL. Among individual ADL tasks, dependency in transfer and dressing were associated with depressive symptoms.

    Physical exercise has shown effect sizes similar to those of antidepressants in reducing depressive symptoms among older people without dementia, with moderate–high-intensity exercise being more effective than low-intensity exercise. However, these effects are unclear among older people with dementia. Care-facility residents with dementia (n = 186) were cluster-randomized to a high-intensity functional exercise program or a non-exercise control activity conducted for 45 minutes every other weekday for 4 months. No significant difference between the exercise and control activity was found in depressive symptoms at 4 or 7 months. Among participants with high levels of depressive symptoms, reductions were observed in both the exercise and control groups at 4 and 7 months.

    In conclusion, ongoing treatment at baseline with any of the three psychotropic drug classes antidepressants, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines did not increase the risk of mortality in older people with dementia.  Neither did antidepressant drugs in very old people. In both samples, gender differences were found in the mortality risk due to antidepressant use. In those with dementia, the mortality risk due to benzodiazepine use also differed by gender. The potential risk from initial treatment and gender differences regarding mortality risk require further investigation in randomized controlled trials or in large cohort studies properly controlled for confounding factors. In older people, living in community and residential care facilities, functional capacity seems to be independently associated with depressive symptoms whereas overall ADL performance may not be associated. Dependency in the individual ADL tasks of transfer and dressing appear to be independently associated with depressive symptoms and may be an important focus for future interdisciplinary multifactorial intervention studies. Among older people with dementia living in residential care facilities, a 4-month high-intensity functional exercise program has no superior effect on depressive symptoms than a control activity. Both exercise and non-exercise group activities may reduce high levels of depressive symptoms. However, this finding must be confirmed in three-armed randomized controlled trials including control groups receiving standard care.

  • 292.
    Boström, Gustaf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Conradsson, Mia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Hörnsten, Carl
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Rosendahl, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Lindelöf, Nina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Holmberg, Henrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Medicine.
    Nordström, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Littbrand, Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Effects of a high-intensity functional exercise program on depressive symptoms among people with dementia in residential care: a randomized controlled trial2016In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, ISSN 0885-6230, E-ISSN 1099-1166, Vol. 31, no 8, p. 868-878Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a high-intensity functional exercise program on depressive symptoms among older care facility residents with dementia.

    METHODS: Residents (n = 186) with a diagnosis of dementia, age ≥ 65 years, Mini-Mental State Examination score ≥ 10, and dependence in activities of daily living were included. Participants were randomized to a high-intensity functional exercise program or a non-exercise control activity conducted 45 min every other weekday for 4 months. The 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) were administered by blinded assessors at baseline, 4, and 7 months.

    RESULTS: No difference between the exercise and control activity was found in GDS or MADRS score at 4 or 7 months. Among participants with GDS scores ≥ 5, reductions in GDS score were observed in the exercise and control groups at 4 months (-1.58, P = 0.001 and -1.54, P = 0.004) and 7 months (-1.25, P = 0.01 and -1.45, P = 0.007). Among participants with MADRS scores ≥ 7, a reduction in MADRS score was observed at 4 months in the control group (-2.80, P = 0.009) and at 7 months in the exercise and control groups (-3.17, P = 0.003 and -3.34, P = 0.002).

    CONCLUSIONS: A 4-month high-intensity functional exercise program has no superior effect on depressive symptoms relative to a control activity among older people with dementia living in residential care facilities. Exercise and non-exercise group activities may reduce high levels of depressive symptoms.

  • 293.
    Bott, Eleonor
    Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences.
    Vertikalhoppet uppvisar högre sensitivitet i jämförelse med horisontalhoppet och trippelhoppet - 7 månader efter ACL-rekonstruktion2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte och frågeställningar

    Huvudsyftet med denna studie var att se om ett vertikalhopp eller ett trippelhopp uppvisade större känslighet att identifiera skillnader mellan opererat och icke-opererat ben i jämförelse med ett horisontalhopp hos individer som genomgått främre korsbands(ACL)-rekonstruktion.

    Studien syftade även till att undersöka om individens kön påverkade resultatet och om prestationen på de olika hoppen hade ett samband med isokinetisk benstyrka respektive det knäspecifika instrumentet KOOS, The Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score.

    Metod

    17 försökspersoner, 9 män och 8 kvinnor (medelålder 28 år) deltog i studien. De hade alla genomgått primär unilateral ACL-rekonstruktion i genomsnitt 7 månader tidigare. Vid ett och samma mättillfälle utfördes ett isokinetiskt styrketest samt tre funktionella hopp: vertikalhopp (”Jump and Reach”), trippelhopp samt horisontalhopp. KOOS fylldes i av försökspersonerna runt samma tidpunkt (nätbaserat frågeformulär för utvärdering av patientens upplevelse av sitt knä och knärelaterade besvär).

    Resultat

    Vertikalhoppet uppvisade en högre sensitivitet i jämförelse med horisontalhoppet vid test 7 månader efter ACL-rekonstruktion.

    Gällande de absoluta värdena (opererat ben) uppvisade både vertikalhoppet som trippelhoppet ett statistiskt samband med explosiv quadricepsstyrka (240grader/sekund), r=0,75 respektive r=0,73.

    Inget samband kunde ses mellan hopp och resultatet på KOOS.

    Inga könsskillnader hittades.

    Slutsats

    Resultaten visar att vertikalhoppet är ett mer sensitivt test för att identifiera funktionella nedsättningar i ACL-rekonstruerat knä i jämförelse med horisontalhoppet som ofta används som ”gold standard” i forskning och i den kliniska vardagen.

    En enkel och billig testmetod för vertikalhoppet, ”Jump and Reach” som användes i denna studie visar liknande resultat på sensitiviteten i jämförelse med datoriserade mätmetoder som är dyra och ofta inte tillgängliga i sjukgymnastens kliniska vardag.

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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    Umeå University, Sweden; Four Comp Oy, Finland.
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    University of Politecn Madrid, Spain.
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    Medical University of Graz, Austria.
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    University of Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing, Scotland.
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    TNO, Netherlands.
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    University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy.
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    Scottish Govt Health Department, Scotland.
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    University of Coll, Ireland.
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    AIFA Agenzia Italiana Farmaco, Italy.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    University of Lower Silesia, Poland.
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    National Centre Science Research, Greece.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing, Scotland.
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    University of Brescia, Italy.
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    IIS Aragon Aragon Health Science Institute IACS, Spain.
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    Medical University of Graz, Austria.
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    European Health Futures Forum, England.
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    University of Politecn Madrid, Spain.
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    Avisco, Netherlands.
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    Department Health Social Serv and Public Safety, North Ireland.
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    University of Coimbra, Portugal; Ageing Coimbra EIP AHA, Portugal.
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    Odense University Hospital, Denmark.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing Re, France; Regional Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrenees, France.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing, Scotland.
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    Getafe University Hospital, Spain.
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    Sotiria Hospital, Greece.
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    Getafe University Hospital, Spain.
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    INSERM, France; University of Versailles St Quentin En Yvelines, France.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing Re, France.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing Re, France; Montpellier University Hospital, France.
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    Leiden University, Netherlands.
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    University of Minho, Portugal.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    Academic Medical Centre, Netherlands.
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    Institute Health Carlos III, Spain.
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    CHRU Nice, France.
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    Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium.
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    Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
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    Federico II University Hospital Naples, Italy.
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    Community St Egidio Long Live Elderly Program, Italy.
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    Oslo University Hospital, Norway; University of Oslo, Norway; Oslo University Hospital, Norway; University of Oslo, Norway.
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    Medical University of Lodz, Poland.
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    Charite, Germany; University of Wurzburg, Germany.
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    University of Parma, Italy.
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    University of Deusto, Spain.
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    University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing Re, France; University of Montpellier, France.
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    NHS Scotland, Scotland.
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    AFFINITY, Ireland.
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    National Centre Science Research, Greece.
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    AGE Platform Europe, Belgium.
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    University of Politecn Madrid, Spain.
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    Coimbra University Hospital, Portugal.
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    Medical University of Warsaw, Poland.
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    CNR, Italy; INNOVAAL, Italy.
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    South East Europe Healthcare Integrated Care and Sr, Greece.
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    A Celal Bayar University, Turkey; GARD Execut Comm, Turkey.
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    Charite, Germany; Global Allergy and Asthma European Network, Germany.
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    University of Palermo, Italy.
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    University of Genoa, Italy.
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    KLIMEK, Germany.
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    CNR Aging Branch, Italy.
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    Medical University of Graz, Austria.
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    University of Zurich, Switzerland.
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    Imperial Coll London, England; Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, England.
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    Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania.
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    University of Turin, Italy.
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    Andalusian Agency Social Serv and Dependency, Spain.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    INSERM, France; UPMC, France.
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    Coimbra School Nursing, Portugal.
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    David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, England.
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    Aviitam, France.
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    Montpellier University Hospital, France.
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    Ghent University Hospital, Belgium.
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    Telbios, Italy.
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    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Allergy Center.
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    Phillips Research Institute, Netherlands.
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    University of Milan, Italy.
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    Portuguese National Programme Resp Disease, Portugal.
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    Charite, Germany; Global Allergy and Asthma European Network, Germany.
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    University of Montpellier, France.
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    University of Naples 2, Italy; Italian National Research Council, Italy.
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    INSERM, France; UPMC, France.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    University Hospital Leicester NHS Trust, England; University of Leicester, England.
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    Caisse Assurance Retraite and Sante Travail Langued, France.
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    University of Medical and Farm Timisoara, Romania.
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    Bush A Imperial Coll, England; Royal Brompton Hospital, England.
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    Montpellier University Hospital, France.
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    University of London Imperial Coll Science Technology and Med, England.
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    Maire, France.
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    Hospital Valle De Hebron, Spain.
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    Oslo University Hospital, Norway; University of Oslo, Norway; Oslo University Hospital, Norway; University of Oslo, Norway.
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    IRCCS Azienda Osped Santa Maria Nuova, Italy.
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    Grigol Robakidze University, Rep of Georgia.
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    Montpellier University Hospital, France.
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    University of CEU San Pablo, Spain.
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    University of London Imperial Coll Science Technology and Med, England.
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    Health Informat Management SA, Belgium.
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    EFA European Federat Allergy and Airways Disease Patien, Belgium.
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    Direct Regional Serv Med, France.
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    CIU Sante, France.
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    University Hospital, France.
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    Conseil Dep Herault, France.
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    National Research Centre, Russia.
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    Hacettepe University, Turkey.
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    Hacettepe University, Turkey.
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    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
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    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
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    Medical University of Lodz, Poland.
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    University of Zagreb, Croatia.
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    Barlicki University Hospital, Poland.
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    Vilnius University, Lithuania.
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    AReS Puglia, Italy.
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    University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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    University of Parma, Italy.
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    University of Nantes, France; Institute Thorax, France.
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    University of Bratislava, Slovakia.
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    Bon Secours Hospital, Ireland.
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    University of Milan, Italy; University of Milan, Italy.
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    Generalitat Catalunya, Spain.
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    University of Plymouth, England.
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    Stockholm County Council, Sweden.
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    Croatian Pulm Soc, Croatia.
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    National Institute Pneumol M Nasta, Romania.
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    University of Belgrade, Serbia.
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    Caisse Assurance Retraite and Sante Travail Langued, France.
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    University of Zagreb, Croatia.
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    Paris Descartes University, France; Paris Municipal Department Social Act Childhood and Heatlh, France.
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    University of Malta, Malta.
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    Hospital CUF Descobertas, Portugal; Soc Portuguesa Alergol and Imunol Clin, Portugal.
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    Institute Health Carlos III, Spain.
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    University of Cologne, Germany.
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    CIBERES, Spain; CIBERES, Spain.
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    INSERM, France; University of Versailles St Quentin En Yvelines, France.
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    Telbios, Italy.
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    University of Valencia, Spain; University of Valencia, Spain.
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    Hospital Hospitaller Brothers Buda, Hungary.
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    University of Montpellier I, France.
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    Caisse Assurance Retraite and Sante Travail Langued, France.
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    University of Algarve, Portugal.
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    Gakkiera Hospital, Italy.
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    Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic; Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic.
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    University of Manchester, England; University of Athens, Greece.
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    Laikon Gen Hospital Athens, Greece.
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    University of Genoa, Italy.
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    LETAPE, France; Conseil Regional Ordre Masseurs Kinesitherapeutes, France.
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    Regime Social Independants, France.
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    University of JJ Strossmayer, Croatia.
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    Alexanders University Hospital, Bulgaria.
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    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
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    Optimum Patient Care, England; University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
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    Soc Public Locale Exploitat Balaruc Les Bains, France.
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    Caisse Assurance Retraite and Sante Travail Langued, France.
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    INSERM, France; INSERM, France; Ecole Prat Hautes Etud, France.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    AReS Puglia, Italy.
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    Hop University of Paris, India.
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    Complesso Integrato Columbus, Italy.
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    Piedmonte Reference Site, Italy.
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    Serv Imunoalergol Hospital Luz Lisboa, Portugal.
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    European Innovat Partnership Act and Health Ageing Re, France; Montpellier University Hospital, France.
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    University of Valencia, Spain.
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    Woodbrook Medical Centre, England; University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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    University of Politecn Valencia, Spain.
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    University of Zurich Hospital, Switzerland.
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    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Germany.
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    University of Freiburg, Germany.
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    CHU Rangueil Larrey, France.
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    University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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    Queens University of Belfast, North Ireland; Royal Belfast Hospital Sick Children, North Ireland.
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    University Hospital Heraklion, Greece.
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    University of Palermo, Italy.
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    CNR, Italy; INNOVAAL, Italy.
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    Akershun University Hospital, Norway.
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    University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
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    Gerontopole Toulouse, France.
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    University of Porto, Portugal.
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    Global Allergy and Asthma Platform GAAPP, Austria.
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    Euro Asian Resp Soc, Kyrgyzstan.
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    University of Zagreb, Croatia.
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    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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    University Hospital Montpellier, France.
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    University of Naples Federico II, Italy; GENS Fdn, Italy.
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    University of Salerno, Italy.
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    South East Europe Healthcare Integrated Care and Sr, Greece.
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    IDIBAPS, Spain.
    Valovirta, E.
    University of Turku, Finland.
    Van Ganse, E.
    University of Lyon 1, France.
    Van Hage, M.
    Karolinska Institute and University Hospital, Sweden.
    Van den Berge, M.
    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
    Vandenplas, O.
    Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
    Ventura, M. T.
    University of Bari, Italy.
    Vergara, I.
    VERGARA Itziar Kronikgune, Spain.
    Vezzani, G.
    Research Hospital, Italy; Regional Agency Health and Social Care, Italy.
    Vidal, D.
    University of Valencia, Spain.
    Viegi, G.
    CNR, Italy.
    Wagemann, M.
    University of Klinikum Dusseldorf, Germany.
    Whalley, B.
    University of Plymouth, England.
    Wickman, M.
    Soder Sjukhuset, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Wilson, N.
    North England EU Health Partnership, Australia.
    Yiallouros, P. K.
    Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus; Hospital Archbishop Makarios III, Cyprus.
    Zagar, M.
    University of Zagreb, Croatia.
    Zaidi, A.
    University of Southampton, England.
    Zidarn, M.
    University of Clin Resp and Allerg Disease, Slovenia.
    Hoogerwerf, E. J.
    Funka, Sweden.
    Usero, J.
    Funka, Sweden.
    Zuffada, R.
    Funka, Sweden.
    Senn, A.
    European Commiss, Belgium.
    De Oliveira-Alves, B.
    European Commiss, Belgium.
    BUILDING BRIDGES FOR INNOVATION IN AGEING: SYNERGIES BETWEEN ACTION GROUPS OF THE EIP ON AHA2017In: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, ISSN 1279-7707, E-ISSN 1760-4788, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 92-104Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) proposed six Action Groups. After almost three years of activity, many achievements have been obtained through commitments or collaborative work of the Action Groups. However, they have often worked in silos and, consequently, synergies between Action Groups have been proposed to strengthen the triple win of the EIP on AHA. The paper presents the methodology and current status of the Task Force on EIP on AHA synergies. Synergies are in line with the Action Groups new Renovated Action Plan (2016-2018) to ensure that their future objectives are coherent and fully connected. The outcomes and impact of synergies are using the Monitoring and Assessment Framework for the EIP on AHA (MAFEIP). Eight proposals for synergies have been approved by the Task Force: Five cross-cutting synergies which can be used for all current and future synergies as they consider overarching domains (appropriate polypharmacy, citizen empowerment, teaching and coaching on AHA, deployment of synergies to EU regions, Responsible Research and Innovation), and three cross-cutting synergies focussing on current Action Group activities (falls, frailty, integrated care and chronic respiratory diseases).

  • 295.
    Bratteby Tollerz, Linda U
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
    Olsson, Roger M
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
    Forslund, Anders H
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
    Norrlin, Simone E
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
    Reliability of energy cost calculations in children with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and healthy controls2011In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 100, no 12, p. 1616-1620Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To study test-retest reliability of physiological cost index (PCI) and total cost index (TCI) in three groups of children. TCI modified PCI by excluding rest heart rate in calculation.

    Methods: Energy cost was evaluated from two consecutive walking tests, and results were compared between methods, tests and groups. Thirty-nine children, eight with cerebral palsy, 11 with cystic fibrosis and 20 healthy controls, aged 5-16 years participated in the study conducted at the Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism laboratory, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden. Heart rate was recorded during sitting and walking at self-selected speed. PCI and TCI were calculated using both non-steady-state and steady-state work heart rates. Test-retest reliability was analysed by mean of differences, pooled SD, coefficient of variation (CV%) and correlation coefficients.

    Results: Reliability was high for PCI and TCI. TCI showed consistently lower variation between tests than PCI for all groups. In the group with cerebral palsy, using non-steady-state showed highest reliability.

    Conclusion: Both PCI and TCI were reliable methods when calculating energy cost in children with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and controls. TCI seemed to be a suitable alternative in the evaluation of gait efficiency in children.

  • 296.
    Bredhult, Anna-Katarina
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Landström, Annika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Myhr, Ulla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Windswept hip syndrome: en litteraturstudie2001In: Nordisk fysioterapi, ISSN 1402-3024, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 135-42Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Windswept Hip Syndrome (WHS) is a triad of hip subluxation or dislocation, pelvic obliquity and scoliosis. In cerebral palsy it is one of the most difficult deformities to control and treat and it predispose to poor, unstable sitting. The aim of this study was to describe literature concerning factors which contribute to the development, prevention and management of WHS. Literature based on articles found in Medline, Arbline, Spriline and via references 1983-1999, were used. Several factors contributing to the development of WHS were identified. The dislocated hip was commonly located on the raised side of the pelvis and the convexity of the scoliosis was opposite the raised side of the pelvic obliquity. There were different opinions concerning the temporal relationship between the development of the deformities. Secondary complications to WHS were pain, loss of function, difficulties with hygiene and nursing care. Correct positioning, increased weight-bearing, muscle stretching, strengthening exercises and use of orthosis were considered useful maneuvers in preventing the deformities. Surgery for developed deformities included soft tissue surgery, osteotomy and arthrodesis. The impetus should be to prevent the development of WHS from occuring, in order to avoid serious complications on many levels.

  • 297.
    Bremfält, Julia
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy.
    Vesterlund, Anja
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy.
    "Naturen sviker aldrig, den möter alltid": - En kvalitativ intervjustudie om fysioterapeuters erfarenheter av att använda naturen i arbetet med personer med utmattningssyndrom2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Background

     Long term sick leave due to stress-related diseases, including burnout syndrome, is an increasing problem in Sweden. A relatively new and sparsely studied treatment method is nature based therapy. Several clinics aim at rehabilitation of the burnout syndrome, where physiotherapist is one of the professions of a multimodal team.

     

    Purpose

     To study the physiotherapists experience in work with nature based rehabilitation for patients with burnout syndrome.

     

    Design and method

     A qualitative method was used in this study. Four physiotherapists which currently are working or have the experience from working with nature based rehabilitation were selected to participate. Semi-structured interviews were used followed by a content analysis with an inductive approach.

     

    Results

    The first theme from our result is stress reducing environment and the categories are Undemanding, Nature gives peace and quiet, Nature makes lines and gives a different focus, and Nature gives inspiration. The other theme is The physiotherapists guidance in body and mind and the categories are Guidance to physical activity in nature, Sensitive response to patient, Help to reflect, and Participating patient.

     

    Conclusion

    Physiotherapist can contribute with their knowledge of the body and mind in the rehabilitation of patients with burnout syndrome. In combination with a stress reducing environment that nature can offer, an effectual rehabilitation is possible.

     

    Key words

    Physiotherapy, nature based rehabilitation, burnout, mental health, nature assisted therapy

  • 298.
    Brinckmann, Paula
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Sjöberg, Anna
    Time to stabilization during a single-leg hop is less variabe in participants with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction than in controls2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare time to stabilization (TTS) and standard deviation (SD) during a single-leg hop of individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) to healthy controls, and between the reconstructed and the contralateral uninjured sides.

    Design: Cross-sectional study with two groups.

    Participants: A total number of 62 participants (36 ACLR and 26 Controls).

    Main Outcome Measure: Participants performed five trials of horizontal single-leg hops for each side onto a force plate, and TTS were calculated for the landing phase. Main outcome measures were: mean TTS mediolateral direction, mean TTS anteroposterior direction, SD TTS mediolateral direction and standard deviation TTS anteroposterior direction. General linear models repeated measures analyses of variance were conducted to analyze between-group and with-in group differences (2 x 2, group x side). If significant effects or interactions were found, post-hoc analyses with Bonferroni corrections were performed (P≤0.05).

    Results: No significant group or side effects or interactions were found for mean TTS or for SD TTS in the anteroposterior direction. However, significant group effect and group x side interaction was found for SD TTS in mediolateral direction. SD TTS in the mediolateral direction was significantly lower on the ACLR injured side compared to controls (P=0.031).

    Conclusions: The results indicate that the ACLR group had a less varied movement pattern during a single-leg hop compared to the control group, as reflected by TTS.

  • 299.
    Bring, Annika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    A Behavioural Medicine Perspective on Acute Whiplash Associated Disorders: Daily Coping, Prognostic Factors and Tailored Treatment2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of this thesis was to study the daily process of coping, potential prognostic factors for recovery and evaluating an individually tailored behavioural medicine intervention in the acute stage of Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD). The studies comprised three samples of patients with acute Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD). All patients were included within the first month after the whiplash occurrence and were recruited from hospital emergency wards in six Swedish communities.

    Study I and II included 51 participants generating 260 daily coping diaries (WAD-DCA) during seven days in the acute stage of WAD. In Study I daily stressors and primary appraisal were analysed and in Study II patterns between stressors, appraisals, coping strategy profiles, daily activity level and well-being were described. The results showed a large variety of situations that the individuals perceive as stressful, not only pain itself. High self-efficacy was associated with high degree of physical/mental well-being. Threatening stressors and catastrophic thoughts were associated with low degree of physical and mental well-being. In Study III potential prognostic factors for good as well as poor recovery were studied more closely in a mildly affected sample (MIAS) (n=98) from within the first month after the accident up to one year later. Pain-related disability at baseline emerged as the only indicator of prognosis after 12 months in MIAS. Study IV (n=55) was a randomised control study, were current clinical recommendations of standard self-care instructions (SC) for the management of acute WAD was compared to an individually tailored behavioural medicine intervention delivered via Internet or face-to-face. The results showed that SC was not as effective as the behavioural medicine intervention. By early identification of situation-specific factors and potential behavioural (physical, cognitive and affective) determinants of activity performance, it seems possible to tailor a self-management intervention that decreases pain-related disability, fear of movement and catastrophising and increases self-efficacy. The use of innovative methods such as the Internet of distributing treatment interventions showed to be a good alternative to more traditional forms.

    The results of this thesis uncover new insights in understanding the individual’s specific perspective as applied in a behavioural medicine approach in acute WAD.

  • 300.
    Bring, Annika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    Bring, Johan
    University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Söderlund, Anne
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy. Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health, Care and Social wellfare, Vasteras , Sweden .
    Wasteson, Elisabet
    Division of Psychology, Department of Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Östersund , Sweden.
    Åsenlöf, Pernilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
    Coping Patterns and Their Relation to Daily Activity, Worries, Depressed Mood, and Pain Intensity in Acute Whiplash-Associated Disorders2013In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, ISSN 1070-5503, E-ISSN 1532-7558, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 293-303Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND

    There is a lack of knowledge regarding how individuals with acute whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) appraise and cope with situation-specific stressors.

    PURPOSE

    The aim of the study was to describe the daily process of coping reported in a daily coping assessment by individuals with acute WAD within 1 month after the accident. More specifically, profiles of coping strategies were identified and patterns between stressors, primary and secondary appraisals, and coping strategy profiles were described in relation to reported level of activity, worries, depressed mood and pain intensity during the day.

    METHOD

    A descriptive and exploratory design was applied. Two hundred and twenty-nine whiplash-associated disorders-daily coping assessment (WAD-DCA) collected during seven consecutive days from 51 participants with acute WAD in Sweden, were included. Cluster analysis was used to obtain coping strategy profiles and data were graphically visualised as patterns through the coping process.

    RESULTS

    When measuring coping as a daily process relating to the specific stressful situation, different coping pocess patterns appeared. During days with a high degree of physical and mental well-being, high self-efficacy beliefs seemed to be working as an important secondary appraisal, whereas during days with a low degree of physical and mental well-being primary appraisals of the stressor as a threat and catastrophic thoughts were present in the coping process.

    CONCLUSIONS

    Early identification of situational- and individual-specific stressors, appraisals and coping efforts as measured by the WAD-DCA may contribute to the understanding of the coping process in the acute stage of WAD and its possible impact on recovery and adjustment.

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