Caroline M Van Heugten

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BACKGROUND Information about long-term consequences of cardiac arrest is sparse. Because the survival rate is expected to increase, better knowledge of long-term functioning and quality of survival is essential. OBJECTIVES To determine the level of functioning of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors 1-6 years later, and to evaluate the predictive(More)
Given that the research area of cognitive intervention studies in the aging population is growing rapidly, it is important to review and gauge more recent intervention studies, in order to determine the evidence for the effectiveness of cognitive interventions. The purpose of the present review was to update the recent systematic reviews of Papp et al.(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the current evidence on the frequency and nature of cognitive impairments in survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. DESIGN Systematic review. DATA SOURCES Pubmed, Embase, PsychInfo and Cinahl (1980-2006). No language restriction was imposed. REVIEW METHODS The following inclusion criteria were used: participants had to be(More)
OBJECTIVE To study factors related to quality of life after a hypoxic period due to cardiac arrest. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SUBJECTS Eighty-eight survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, admitted to a Dutch academic hospital between 2001 and 2006. METHODS Patients received a set of questionnaires at home. The main outcome measures were(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluation of a therapy programme for stroke patients with apraxia. The programme is based on teaching patients strategies to compensate for the presence of apraxia. This programme was designed for assessment and treatment by occupational therapists. DESIGN The outcome was studied in a pre-post test design. Measurements were conducted at(More)
The goal of the present study was to examine the transfer of the effects of cognitive strategy training for stroke patients with apraxia from trained to non-trained tasks. In strategy training, the occurrence of transfer is expected as the training programme is aimed, not at relearning specific tasks, but at teaching patients new ways to handle the problems(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the level of daily functioning and quality of life of patients with hypoxic brain injury after a cardiac arrest and to investigate the predictive value of the duration of coma and post-traumatic amnesia in long-term functioning. DESIGN A retrospective cohort study. SETTING A Dutch rehabilitation centre. SUBJECTS Thirty-two(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of portable electronic aids such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), pagers or mobile phones for patients with cognitive deficits by means of a systematic review. The usability of these aids is also briefly discussed. DATA SOURCES PubMed, CINAHL, PsychINFO, EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched up to February 2009. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the psychosocial functioning of spouses of stroke patients at 1 and 3 years after stroke and identify predictors of substantial negative change in psychosocial functioning. METHODS Prospective study (N=119). Five domains of psychosocial functioning were assessed: burden, life satisfaction, depression, harmony in the relationship and(More)
The internal consistency and the diagnostic value of a test for apraxia in patients having had a stroke are presented. Results indicate that the items of the test form a strong and consistent scale: Cronbach's alpha as well as the results of a Mokken scale analysis present good reliability and good scalability. The diagnostic value of the test was(More)