Preliminary study of the effect of low-intensity home-based physical therapy in chronic stroke patients

Lin, Jau-Hong, Hsieh, Chin-Lin, Lo, Sing Kai, Chai, Huei-Ming and Liao, Long-Ren 2004, Preliminary study of the effect of low-intensity home-based physical therapy in chronic stroke patients, Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 18-22.

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Title Preliminary study of the effect of low-intensity home-based physical therapy in chronic stroke patients
Author(s) Lin, Jau-Hong
Hsieh, Chin-Lin
Lo, Sing Kai
Chai, Huei-Ming
Liao, Long-Ren
Journal name Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 18
End page 22
Publisher Kaohsiung Medical College
Place of publication Taiwan, Republic of China
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1607-551X
Summary This study was a preliminary examination of the effect of low-intensity home-based physical therapy on the performance of activities of daily living (ADL) and motor function in patients more than 1 year after stroke. Twenty patients were recruited from a community stroke register in Nan-Tou County, Taiwan, to a randomized, crossover trial comparing intervention by a physical therapist immediately after entry into the trial (Group I) or after a delay of 10 weeks (Group II). The intervention consisted of home-based physical therapy once a week for 10 weeks. The Barthel Index (BI) and Stroke Rehabilitation Assessment of Movement (STREAM) were used as standard measures for ADL and motor function. At the first follow-up assessment at 11 weeks, Group I showed greater improvement in lower limb motor function than Group II. At the second follow-up assessment at 22 weeks, Group II showed improvement while Group I had declined. At 22 weeks, the motor function of upper limbs, mobility, and ADL performance in Group II had improved slightly more than in Group I, but the between-group differences were not significant. It appears that low-intensity home-based physical therapy can improve lower limb motor function in chronic stroke survivors. Further studies will be needed to confirm these findings.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009343

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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