Alessandro Chiarotto

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BACKGROUND Low back pain (LBP) is responsible for considerable personal suffering worldwide. Those with persistent disabling symptoms also contribute to substantial costs to society via healthcare expenditure and reduced work productivity. While there are many treatment options, none are universally endorsed. The idea that chronic LBP is a condition best(More)
In this paper we show how an agent programming language, based on a formal theory of actions, can be employed to implement adap-tive 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)
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)
The Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ) is a patient self-reported measurement instrument that evaluates pain self-efficacy beliefs in patients with chronic pain. The measurement properties of the PSEQ have been tested in its original and translated versions, showing satisfactory results for validity and reliability. The aims of this study were 2 fold(More)
BACKGROUND Widespread pressure hypersensitivity is one of the signs that characterize central pain sensitization in subjects with knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA). The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether widespread pressure pain hyperalgesia is a feature of individuals with unilateral symptomatic thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) OA. METHODS A total(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)
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