F Virginia Wright

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Short-term test-retest reliability of the 10-metre fast walk test (10mFWT) and 6-minute walk test (6MWT) was evaluated in 31 ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP), with subgroup analyses in Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Levels I (n=9), II (n=8), and III (n=14). Sixteen females and 15 males participated, mean age 9 years 5 months(More)
Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is widely used to treat spasticity in children with diplegic cerebral palsy (CP) but has never been shown conclusively to improve functional outcome. The study was designed to measure changes in gross motor function in children 1 year following rhizotomy compared with a control group receiving equivalent physiotherapy (PT)(More)
The Prosthetic Upper Extremity Functional Index (PUFI) was developed by the authors' clinical research group to evaluate the extent to which a child actually uses a prosthetic limb for daily activities, the comparative ease of task performance with and without the prosthesis, and its perceived usefulness. The PUFI's test-retest and interrater reliability(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the validity of the Prosthetic Upper Extremity Functional Index (PUFI), a parent- and older child-report measure that evaluates the extent of Prosthetic limb use, ease of task performance with and without the prosthesis, and its usefulness. DESIGN Evaluation of discriminant validity (the PUFI's ability to detect differences between(More)
Collaborative goal setting between clinicians and clients/families is considered a fundamental component of the pediatric rehabilitation process. However, truly client-centered goal setting is not without its challenges. The purpose of this paper is to highlight theoretical concepts relevant to rehabilitation goal setting, review clinical studies directly(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate a walking device, the David Hart Walker Orthosis (HW), that was designed to allow children with severe cerebral palsy to ambulate with hands-free support. METHOD A pre-/post-test prospective one-group study evaluated outcomes three years after receiving the HW. Physical therapy assessment, parent interview and satisfaction(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To examine inter-rater, intra-rater and test-re-test reliability of the Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&M) and compare reliability in live vs videotape rating contexts for children with acquired brain injury (ABI). RESEARCH DESIGN Repeated measures design. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Seven physiotherapists (PTs) were trained as(More)
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a classical autoimmune liver disease for which effective immunomodulatory therapy is lacking. Here we perform meta-analyses of discovery data sets from genome-wide association studies of European subjects (n=2,764 cases and 10,475 controls) followed by validation genotyping in an independent cohort (n=3,716 cases and 4,261(More)
This study explored predictors of clinically meaningful improvement in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among obese patients completing a specialist weight management programme. One hundred and ninety-nine adults aged from 20-88 with a BMI >30 with comorbidities or BMI>35 with/without comorbidities were sampled. The results suggested that both weight(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of our study was to obtain a clear understanding of the various diagnoses within the closed neural tube defect (NTD) groups included in the large database of clients in our Spina Bifida Clinic and a clear picture of the outcomes for the various NTD groups. METHODS One hundred and four clients with closed NTD were categorized using a(More)