Alessandro Chiarotto

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Inconsistent reporting of outcomes in clinical trials of patients with non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) hinders comparison of findings and the reliability of systematic reviews. A core outcome set (COS) can address this issue as it defines a minimum set of outcomes that should be reported in all clinical trials. In 1998, Deyo et al. recommended a(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the long term effects of multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation for patients with chronic low back pain. DESIGN Systematic review and random effects meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. DATA SOURCES Electronic searches of Cochrane Back Review Group Trials Register, CENTRAL, Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, and CINAHL(More)
BACKGROUND Physical functioning is a core outcome domain to be measured in nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP). A panel of experts recommended the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) to measure this domain. The original 24-item RMDQ and ODI 2.1a are recommended by their developers. PURPOSE The purpose of this(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this case series is to report on the effects of passive joint mobilization (PJM) of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist on pain intensity, pain sensitivity, and function in elderly participants with secondary carpometacarpal osteoarthritis (CMC OA). METHODS Fifteen inpatients from the Department of Physical Therapy, Residenze Sanitarie(More)
BACKGROUND Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most disabling and costly disorders affecting modern society, and approximately 90% of patients are labelled as having non-specific LBP (NSLBP). Several interventions for patients with NSLBP have been assessed in clinical trials, but heterogeneous reporting of outcomes in these trials has hindered comparison of(More)
In this paper we show how an agent programming language, based on a formal theory of actions, can be employed to implement adaptive web applications, where a personalized dynamical site generation is guided by the user’s needs. For this purpose, we have developed an on-line computer seller in DyLOG, a modal logic programming language which allows one to(More)
OBJECTIVE To retrieve, appraise, and synthesize the results of studies on the prevalence of active and latent myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in subjects with spinal pain disorders. DATA SOURCES The databases PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL were searched, with no date or language restrictions. Search terms included controlled and free-text terms for spinal(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether bilateral deep tissue pressure hyperalgesia exists in individuals with unilateral thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis (CMC OA). METHODS A total of 32 patients with CMC OA (29 females and 3 males, aged 69-90 years old) and 32 healthy matched controls (29 females and 3 males, aged 70-90 years) were recruited. Pressure pain(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to report a case in which combinatory therapy of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) and neurodynamic mobilization (NM) was used as treatment for a patient with severe upper limb spasticity and pain after stroke. CLINICAL FEATURES A 76-year-old male patient had spastic muscles in the upper limb 10 months after an(More)
Recent years witnessed a rapid growth of multimedia technologies for offering information and services on the internet. One of the many problems that are to be faced in this context is the great variety of possible users and the consequent need to adapt both the presentation of information and the interaction to the specific user's characteristics. There is(More)