Maayken Elizabeth Louise van den Berg

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BACKGROUND Incidence studies of spinal cord injury (SCI) are important for health-care planning and epidemiological research. This review gives a quantitative update on SCI epidemiology worldwide through a statistical evaluation of incidence rates. METHODS A systematic review was conducted. For each study, the crude rate ratio was calculated and, when(More)
Spinal cord injury (SCI) leading to neurological deficits produces long-term effects that persist over a lifetime. Survival analysis of patients with SCI, at individual and population level, is important for public health management and the assessment of treatment achievements. The current study evaluated survival following traumatic and non-traumatic SCI(More)
Long-term incidence studies are required to identify high-risk groups, establish trends, and forecast needs, and thus contribute to health care planning in spinal cord injury (SCI). This study aimed to determine the incidence of traumatic SCI over a 36-year period in Aragón, Spain, and compare rates with other published European estimates. Hospital records(More)
Care homes have poor access to physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and consequently staff can be unaware of basic rehabilitation techniques. A workshop was devised to enable staff to learn simple strategies to improve and maintain residents' mobility and activity. This article describes its design, content and delivery.
OBJECTIVES To assess feasibility, acceptability and potential efficacy of group exercise and staff education intervention to promote continence in older people residing in care homes. To establish measures and information to inform a larger trial. DESIGN Phase II pilot exploratory cluster randomized controlled trial. SETTING Six purposely selected care(More)
QUESTION Does adding video/computer-based interactive exercises to inpatient geriatric and neurological rehabilitation improve mobility outcomes? Is it feasible and safe? DESIGN Randomised trial. PARTICIPANTS Fifty-eight rehabilitation inpatients. INTERVENTION Physiotherapist-prescribed, tailored, video/computer-based interactive exercises for 1 hour(More)
BACKGROUND Activity monitoring is used for motivation and assessing patients in the rehabilitation setting. Monitors available on the market have not been assessed for accuracy at walking patterns seen in the clinical setting. OBJECTIVES To assess the accuracy of the Fitbit Zip device at different anatomical locations at walking speeds, step length, and(More)
Preparation of the motor system for movement execution involves an increase in excitability of motor pathways. In a reaction time task paradigm, a startling auditory stimulus (SAS) delivered together with the imperative signal (IS) shortens reaction time significantly. In self-generated tasks we considered that an appropriately timed SAS would have similar(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE This proof-of-concept trial investigated the effects of an 8-week program of caregiver-mediated exercises commenced in hospital combined with tele-rehabilitation services on patient self-reported mobility and caregiver burden. METHODS Sixty-three hospitalized stroke patients (mean age 68.7, 64% female) were randomly allocated to an(More)
INTRODUCTION People with mobility limitations can benefit from rehabilitation programmes that provide a high dose of exercise. However, since providing a high dose of exercise is logistically challenging and resource-intensive, people in rehabilitation spend most of the day inactive. This trial aims to evaluate the effect of the addition of affordable(More)