Maria Crotty

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BACKGROUND Virtual reality and interactive video gaming have emerged as new treatment approaches in stroke rehabilitation. In particular, commercial gaming consoles are being rapidly adopted in clinical settings; however, there is currently little information about their effectiveness. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of virtual reality and interactive(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effects of a hydrotherapy resistance exercise programme with a gym based resistance exercise programme on strength and function in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN Single blind, three arm, randomised controlled trial. SUBJECTS 105 community living participants aged 50 years and over with clinical OA of the hip or(More)
BACKGROUND efficient strategies are needed to provide specialist advice in nursing homes to ensure quality medical care. We describe a case conference intervention involving a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. OBJECTIVES to evaluate the impact of multidisciplinary case conferences on the appropriateness of medications and on patient(More)
BACKGROUND Telerehabilitation is an alternative way of delivering rehabilitation services. Information and communication technologies are used to facilitate communication between the healthcare professional and the patient in a remote location. The use of telerehabilitation is becoming more viable as the speed and sophistication of communication(More)
BACKGROUND Poorly executed transfers of older patients from hospitals to long-term care facilities carry the risk of fragmentation of care, poor clinical outcomes, inappropriate use of emergency department services, and hospital readmission. OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to assess the impact of adding a pharmacist transition coordinator on(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare hospital and home settings for the rehabilitation of patients following hip fracture. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial comparing accelerated discharge and home-based rehabilitation (n = 34) with conventional hospital care (n = 32) for patients admitted to hospital with hip fracture. SETTING Three metropolitan hospitals in(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effect of early discharge and home-based therapy with conventional hospital rehabilitation on patient and caregiver outcomes at 12 months after hip fracture. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Acute and subacute care with follow-up in a community setting in Australia. PARTICIPANTS Sixty-six older adults admitted to(More)
PURPOSE To assess the feasibility of a physiotherapy intervention using an interactive gaming program compared with conventional physiotherapy for hospitalised older people. METHODS Randomised controlled pilot study in a geriatric rehabilitation unit within an acute public hospital. Participants were randomly allocated to physiotherapy using an(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate, in terms of function and mobility, the predictive value of commonly adopted anthropometric 'definitions' used in the nutritional assessment of older adults, in a cohort of older Australians. DESIGN Prospective cohort study - Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA). SETTING Adelaide, South Australia (1992-1994). SUBJECTS(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this work was to assess the effect of botulinum toxin A and occupational therapy compared with occupational therapy alone on body structure, activities participation, and self-perception in a sample of children (aged 3-16 years) with hemiplegic cerebral palsy recruited from a statewide register. PATIENTS AND METHODS Participants(More)