Laure Vandervelde

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A common measure of activity limitations for both children and adults with neuromuscular disorders was developed using the Rasch model. A self-reported questionnaire containing daily activities was submitted to 245 adult patients and to the parents of 124 affected children from the two major Belgian communities. They were asked to provide their perceived(More)
OBJECTIVE To adapt and validate a manual ability questionnaire, the ABILHAND, developed through the Rasch methodology in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS The original version of the ABILHAND, which includes 81 manual daily activities, was presented to 156 patients with SSc. They were asked to provide their perceived difficulty in performing(More)
AIM The strength and nature of the relationships between motor impairments and activity limitations assessed by the ACTIVLIM questionnaire were investigated in 245 patients with neuromuscular disorders. METHODS Measures of motor impairments consisted of: (1) a grip strength test using a Jamar dynamometer, (2) a Manual Muscle Testing bilaterally performed(More)
Recently, a self-reported scale of activity limitations, the ACTIVLIM questionnaire, was developed and validated in patients with neuromuscular disorders (NMD). The purpose of this study was to investigate its sensitivity to change. One hundred thirty-two patients with NMD (mean age, range: 31, 6-80) were assessed twice, with 21+/-4 months in between, using(More)
OBJECTIVES Several ABILHAND Rasch-built manual ability scales were previously developed for chronic stroke (CS), cerebral palsy (CP), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and neuromuscular disorders (NMD). The present study aimed to explore the applicability of a generic manual ability scale unbiased by diagnosis and to study the nature of(More)
BACKGROUND Neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) can lead to specific manual disabilities due to hand muscle weakness and atrophy, myotonia or loss of sensory function. The aim of this study was to adapt and validate the ABILHAND questionnaire in children and adults with NMDs using the Rasch model. METHODS This questionnaire contained specific manual activities(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate clinical changes among the acute, post-acute and chronic phases in stroke patients' satisfaction with activities and participation. The SATIS-Stroke questionnaire's sensitivity to change was investigated with a sample of 45 stroke patients. METHODS The SATIS-Stroke questionnaire was used to collect data from the 45 patients (mean(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the agreement between the self-reported and examiner-reported difficulties of patients with neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) in performing daily activities at home. DESIGN A comparison between 2 methods of administering a measurement instrument. SETTING Neuromuscular reference center in a university hospital. PARTICIPANTS Adult(More)
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