Mei-Wun Tsai

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Virtual reality (VR) creates an exercise environment in which the intensity of practice and positive feedback can be systematically manipulated in various contexts. The purpose of this study was to investigate the training effects of a VR intervention on reaching behaviors in children with cerebral palsy (CP). PARTICIPANTS Four(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study examines functional electric stimulation (FES) applied on patients with hemiplegia of short and long duration for the purpose of upper limb motor recovery and increasing shoulder range of motion. DESIGN Patients with hemiplegia with subluxation participating in the study were placed into a short-duration group or a(More)
STUDY DESIGN Using a finite-element (FE) method to reshape the Boston brace, and evaluating the correction effect of the modified Boston brace in terms of Cobb angle. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to reduce the weight of the Boston brace using a FE method with topology optimization. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The Boston brace is widely used to correct an(More)
Feeding problems are common problems seen in premature infants following their discharge from the NICU. However, the prevalence of feeding issues and failure to thrive among preterm infants in Taiwan is uncertain. All former studies of prevalence and identifications of feeding issues were from western countries. Those findings are therefore not(More)
Sit-to-stand (STS) movements are essential for daily activities. Failure to perform STS movements efficiently and smoothly may lead to falls. In this study, we developed a forceplate to analyze vertical ground reaction force (VGRF), STS duration and generated muscle power to investigate which parameters were fall status predictors. A total of 105(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a self-management programme among osteoarthritis knee sufferers. BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis of the knee is a major cause of loss of function and is common in the older people. A self-management programme is an effective way to increase arthritis self-efficacy, and helps with mastering(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to clarify the influence of cardiac diastolic and peripheral vascular function on the exercise capacity of patients with coronary bypass surgery (CABG) and diabetes mellitus (DM) by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD), and to investigate interrelations between exercise capacity and LV(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effectiveness of the Taipei Osteoarthritis Program (TOAP) for community elderly persons who suffer from knee OA. METHODS A quasi-experimental study was conducted between January 2008 and December 2008. Two hundred and five community-dwelling individuals aged 67±10 years with knee OA were recruited from four districts in Taipei City(More)
BACKGROUND The use of insoles may enhance postural stability and prevent falls. The aim of this study was to design a new insole and to explore the effectiveness of the insole on the standing balance of the healthy elderly. METHODS The study was conducted at a community hospital. Patients older than 65 years at an outpatient clinic without abnormal gait(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cardiac autonomic dysfunction is associated with risk of restenosis and cardiovascular mortality in patients after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) is an important, widely used method for assessing cardiac autonomic regulation. The purpose of this study was to investigate(More)