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Occupational therapy treatment

Miia Rahja, Tracy Comans, Lindy Clemson, Maria Crotty, Kate Laver
With the ageing of the world's population comes significant implications for nearly all sectors of society, including health and aged care spending. Health and aged care systems need to respond to the increasing need for services for older people. Occupational therapy is concerned with maintaining a person's functional independence and well-being from preventative and treatment perspectives. The aim of this systematic review was to identify the costs and outcomes of occupational therapy for people with cognitive and/or functional decline...
March 12, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
Patrick J Buchanan, John A I Grossman, Andrew E Price, Chandan Reddy, Mustafa Chopan, Harvey Chim
BACKGROUND: Most brachial plexus birth injuries (BPBI) are caused by traction on the brachial plexus during a difficult delivery. Fortunately, the possibility of complete recovery from such an incident is relatively high, with only 10% to 30% of patients having prolonged and persistent disability. These patients have muscle imbalances and co-contractions typically localized around the shoulder and elbow. These imbalances and co-contractures cause abnormal motor performances and bone/joint deformities...
March 1, 2018: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Gitendra Uswatte, Edward Taub, Mary H Bowman, Adriana Delgado, Camille Bryson, David M Morris, Staci Mckay, Joydip Barman, Victor W Mark
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of an expanded form of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (eCIMT) that renders CIMT, originally designed for treating mild-to-moderate upper-extremity hemiparesis, suitable for treating severe hemiparesis. METHODS: Twenty-one adults ≥1 year after stroke with severe upper-extremity hemiparesis (with little or no capacity to make movements with the more-affected hand) were randomly assigned to eCIMT (n = 10), a placebo-control procedure (n = 4), or usual care (n = 7)...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Giles Gyer, Jimmy Michael, James Inklebarger
Hand injury is the second most common work-related musculoskeletal injury among physical therapists (PTs) and other manual therapy professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. However, the nature and extent of this problem have not been fully explored yet. Therefore, the objective of this study was to review the existing literature published on the prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and prevention of hand injuries among PTs and similar healthcare professionals...
March 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Ingrid J G Burvenich, Sagun Parakh, Adam C Parslow, Sze Ting Lee, Hui K Gan, Andrew M Scott
The selection of therapeutic dose for the most effective treatment of tumours is an intricate interplay of factors. Molecular imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) or single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) can address questions central to this selection: Does the drug reach its target? Does the drug engage with the target of interest? Is the drug dose sufficient to elicit the desired pharmacological effect? Does the dose saturate available target sites? Combining functional PET and SPECT imaging with anatomical imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) allows drug occupancy at the target to be related directly to anatomical or physiological changes in a tissue resulting from therapy...
March 8, 2018: AAPS Journal
Gerardo Cortese, Gabriele Sales, Giorgia Maiolo, Mario Morino, Martina Scanu, Luca Brazzi
BACKGROUND: The feasibility and safety of transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) performed under spinal anaesthesia (SA) has been recently demonstrated. This retrospective study compared the differences in opioid consumption and postoperative recovery in patients undergoing TEM under GA and SA. METHODS: All consecutive patients who underwent TEM at 'Città della Salute e della Scienza' hospital of Turin (Italy) between January 2012 and December 2015 were enrolled...
March 7, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Saras Henderson, Maria Horne, Ruth Hills, Elizabeth Kendall
This study aims to conduct a concept analysis on cultural competence in community healthcare. Clarification of the concept of cultural competence is needed to enable clarity in the definition and operation, research and theory development to assist healthcare providers to better understand this evolving concept. Rodgers' evolutionary concept analysis method was used to clarify the concept's context, surrogate terms, antecedents, attributes and consequences and to determine implications for further research...
March 7, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
Björn A Alkner, Christina Halvardsson, Gustaf Bråkenhielm, Therese Eskilsson, Erika Andersson, Peter Fritzell
We investigated the difference between postoperative rehabilitation with or without adjunctive intermittent pneumatic compression therapy following distal radial fracture treated with volar plating. A total of 115 patients were randomized to a control or to an experimental group. After 4 weeks of immobilization the experimental group received intermittent pneumatic compression therapy in addition to conventional postoperative rehabilitation. Primary outcome up to 1 year postoperatively was assessed using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
Paul T Ogink, Teun Teunis, Olivier van Wulffte Palthe, Karen Sepucha, Christopher M Bono, Joseph H Schwab, Thomas D Cha
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition in the elderly for which costs vary substantially by region. Comparing differences between surgeons from a single institution, thereby omitting regional variation, could aid in identifying factors associated with higher costs and individual drivers of costs. The use of decision aids (DAs) has been suggested as one of the possible tools for diminishing costs and cost variation. PURPOSE: (1) To determine factors associated with higher costs for treatment of spinal stenosis in the first year after diagnosis in a single institution; (2) to find individual drivers of costs for providers with higher costs; (3) to determine if the use of DAs can decrease costs and cost variability...
February 26, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Jeri Hahn-Markowitz, Itai Berger, Iris Manor, Adina Maeir
AIM: The family context of children with ADHD plays a role in intervention outcomes, especially when parents are involved in treatment. Parental participation in evidence-based treatment for ADHD may play a role in improving their own parenting self-efficacy (PSE) as well as child outcomes. This study examined the impact of Cognitive-Functional (Cog-Fun) intervention in occupational therapy (OT) for school-aged children with ADHD, on PSE. METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial with crossover design, 107 children were allocated to intervention and waitlist control groups...
March 1, 2018: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
E Fernandez-Gomez, A Sanchez-Cabeza
INTRODUCTION: Motor imagery or mental practice of movement is a relatively new intervention that is being used on an increasingly more frequently basis in the treatment of stroke patients. It consists in the person evoking a movement or gesture in order to learn or improve its execution. Neuroimaging studies have shown that imagining movements activates neuronal patterns that are similar to those produced when they are actually performed. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A systematic review was conducted between January and June 2017 in the Web of Science, PubMed, CINHAL, PEDro and Scopus databases to select clinical trials carried out with stroke patients in whom this technique was used as rehabilitation...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Janet B Croft, Anne G Wheaton, Yong Liu, Fang Xu, Hua Lu, Kevin A Matthews, Timothy J Cunningham, Yan Wang, James B Holt
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) accounts for the majority of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases, the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2015 and the fourth leading cause in 2016.* Major risk factors include tobacco exposure, occupational and environmental exposures, respiratory infections, and genetics.† State variations in COPD outcomes (1) suggest that it might be more common in states with large rural areas. To assess urban-rural variations in COPD prevalence, hospitalizations, and mortality; obtain county-level estimates; and update state-level variations in COPD measures, CDC analyzed 2015 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Medicare hospital records, and death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)...
February 23, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
U Wollina, B Gaber, A Koch
Actinic keratosis (AK) is a premalignant epithelial disease that develops on skin chronically exposed to ultraviolet-light. For outdoor workers, AK is an occupational hazard with a potential for malignant transformation into squamous cell carcinoma. Various topical treatments are used to treat AK's. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) promises the highest cure rates. We performed a prospective single center trial evaluating effects of PDT treatment for field cancerization due to occupational exposure to ultraviolet light irradiation in patients unresponsive to the treatment regimen with topical diclofenac gel...
January 2018: Georgian Medical News
Olumide Abiodun, Ismail Lawal, Christopher Omokanye
HIV is now regarded as a chronic disease because of the availability of treatment. However, it is not well known if there are differences (clinically and in magnitude) between the mental health status of PLHIV and people living with other chronic diseases. The aim of this study was to compare the mental health status of patients attending antiretroviral clinics to patients attending diabetes clinics at tertiary hospitals in Ogun State, Nigeria. A comparative hospital-based cross-sectional study of mental distress among 639 HIV-positive and 639 diabetic patients was carried out...
February 19, 2018: AIDS Care
Monica Cusan, Sheng F Cai, Helai P Mohammad, Andrei Krivtsov, Alan Chramiec, Evangelia Loizou, Matthew D Witkin, Kimberly N Smitheman, Daniel G Tenen, Min Ye, Britta Will, Ulrich Steidl, Ryan G Kruger, Ross L Levine, Hugh Y Rienhoff, Richard P Koche, Scott A Armstrong
Epigenetic regulators are recurrently mutated and aberrantly expressed in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Targeted therapies designed to inhibit these chromatin-modifying enzymes, such as the histone demethylase lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) and the histone methyltransferase DOT1L, have been developed as novel treatment modalities for these often refractory diseases. A common feature of many of these targeted agents is their ability to induce myeloid differentiation, suggesting that multiple paths toward a myeloid gene expression program can be engaged to relieve the differentiation blockade that is uniformly seen in AML...
February 16, 2018: Blood
Paulette Guitard, Lucie Brosseau, George A Wells, Nicole Paquet, Gail Paterson, Karine Toupin-April, Sabrina Cavallo, Sibel Z Aydin, Guillaume Léonard, Gino De Angelis
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of hand osteoarthritis (HOA) has been reported to be higher amongst women over 50 years old (66%) compared to men of the same age (34%). Although exercise therapy has been shown effective in reducing symptoms and disability associated with HOA, adherence to treatment programs remains low. The primary objective of this RCT is to examine the effectiveness of a 12-week knitting program for morning stiffness (primary outcome) and pain relief (secondary outcome) 2 h post-wakening in females (aged 50 to 85 years old) with mild to moderate hand osteoarthritis (HOA)...
February 14, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Priscilla Park, Mahjabeen Hashmi
Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. A diagnosis of head and neck cancer (HNC) often invokes fear and anxiety because of the potential negative impact of the diagnosis and/or treatment on lifestyle and well-being. Occupational therapists perform a unique and important role in addressing quality of life concerns for HNC patients through applied expertise in lifestyle management, facilitating the use of positive coping strategies and daily routine management...
2018: Cancer Treatment and Research
Nicole Baumer, Sarah J Spence
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by deficits in social communication and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests. This article provides the tools to diagnose and manage patients with autism spectrum disorder. RECENT FINDINGS: Autism spectrum disorder is a heterogeneous condition with varying presentations, multiple etiologies, and a number of comorbidities that impact the course and management of the disorder...
February 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Ana M Díaz Zuluaga, Kelly Duica, Carlos Ruiz Galeano, Cristian Vargas, Yuli Agudelo Berruecos, Sigifredo Ospina, Carlos López-Jaramillo
BACKGROUND: Functional improvement in bipolar and schizophrenic patients is one of the main aims of treatment. Nevertheless, there is no evidence about the effect of socio-occupational intervention within a multimodal intervention (MI) programme. OBJECTIVE: To describe the socio-occupational profile and to evaluate the functional effect of a MI in bipolar I and schizophrenic patients. METHODS: A prospective, longitudinal, therapeutic-comparative study was performed including 302 subjects (104 schizophrenic and 198 Bipolar Disorder I [BDI] patients), who were randomised into two groups, multimodal (psychiatry, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, and family therapy), or traditional intervention (psychiatry and medicine only)...
January 2018: Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
Maximus Berger, Robert-Paul Juster, Sabine Westphal, G Paul Amminger, Bernhard Bogerts, Kolja Schiltz, Sabine Bahn, Johann Steiner, Zoltan Sarnyai
Current pathophysiological models of schizophrenia suggest that stress contributes to the etiology and trajectory of the disorder. We investigated if allostatic load (AL), an integrative index of neuroendocrine, immune and metabolic dysregulation in response to chronic stress, is elevated in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) and first-episode psychosis (FEP) and related to psychotic symptoms and social and occupational functioning. Additionally, we assessed the temporal dynamics of AL in response to treatment with second-generation antipsychotics...
February 5, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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