Lotta Widén Holmqvist

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OBJECTIVES (1) To explore functioning and concurrent presence of disabilities - concerning cognition, manual dexterity, walking, energy, mood, activities of daily living (ADL), and social/lifestyle activities - in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) cared for at an outpatient MS clinic. 2) To describe the PwMS' perceived physical and psychological impact(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Somatosensory as well as mental impairments are easily overlooked after acute stroke. Furthermore, their associations with activity limitations are not fully understood. The purpose of this study was to examine this association and whether the assessment of somatosensory functions will provide information on perceptual functions after(More)
OBJECTIVES To provide a comprehensive description of impairment in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in Sweden during the first 2 years after disease onset. METHODS In this prospective multi-centre study, 42 patients, mean age 52 years, were evaluated at 2 weeks, 2 months, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years. Evaluations made use of validated, reliable(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the extent to which the voluntary movements of hemiparetic stroke patients are restricted to the hemiplegic limb synergies (which are marked by the inability to master individual joint movements) described by Brunnström. The study also aimed to describe the extent to which the synergies are related to functioning. DESIGN In a(More)
The aim of the present study was to explore variations in functioning and disability--with regard to cognition, manual dexterity, walking, energy, mood, activities of daily living and social/ lifestyle activities--every six months during a 2-year period, in 200 people with MS (PwMS) at an outpatient MS specialist clinic. Symbol Digit Modalities Test, Nine(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Research evidence supporting Early Supported Discharge (ESD) services has been summarized in a Cochrane Systematic Review. Trials have shown that ESD can reduce long-term dependency and admission to institutional care and reduce the length of hospital stay. No adverse impact on the mood or well-being of patients or carers has been(More)
BACKGROUND Considering the costs of multiple sclerosis (MS), it is crucial that the health-related services supplied are in accordance with needs as they are perceived by people with MS (PwMS). Satisfaction with care is related to quality of care and can provide health care providers with the means for improvement. The aim was to explore the perceived needs(More)
BACKGROUND Most people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) experience progressively worsening disability over a period of decades, thus further knowledge about the long-term changes in different areas of disability is essential. OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to evaluate changes in disability over ten years in PwMS, and to explore the value of personal(More)
BACKGROUND Perceived disability after stroke may persist long-term even among young individuals with mild stroke and may be related to age-related expectations of health and recovery. Thus, in order to appreciate the magnitude of perceived disability in a younger stroke population studies are needed to explore perceived health-related differences between(More)
BACKGROUND Although priorities in Swedish stroke care should be based on the ethical principles of equal care and greatest support to those in greatest need, being of working age (younger) or retired (older) might influence expectations on recovery and the provision of care and rehabilitation. METHOD Information regarding the use of care and(More)