Mika M Pekkonen

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PURPOSE Recovery of walking outdoors after hip fracture is important for equal participation in the community. The causes of poor recovery are not fully understood. This study investigates recovery of walking outdoors and associated determinants after hip fracture. METHODS A prospective follow-up study, among clinical sample of 81 community-dwelling hip(More)
UNLABELLED This study evaluated side-to-side differences in tibial mineral mass and geometry in women with previous hip fracture sustained on average 3.5 years earlier. Both tibial mineral mass and geometry were found to be reduced in the fractured leg. INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to evaluate side-to-side differences in tibial mineral mass(More)
This longitudinal study reports the patterning of the burnout symptoms and the changes in employees' job conditions, personal resources, and psychological health 4 months after a rehabilitation intervention. The data were gathered by means of questionnaires before and after a rehabilitation period. Four patterns were identified: not burned out (n = 55),(More)
OBJECTIVES In Finland, testing cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max) is popular in health promotion programs and work ability evaluations. The most common instruments used for this purpose are the submaximal cycle ergometer test, and the 2-km walking test. However, limited data exist on the associations between VO2max and wellbeing in working age adults. The(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data exist on the associations between muscle performance and work ability measures in working age adults. AIMS To evaluate how the results of simple muscle performance tests correlate with self-reported work ability and physical functioning in middle-aged men. METHODS Muscle performance was measured with handgrip, sit-up, arch-up,(More)
The Work ability of ageing work force is a matter of major concern in many countries. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived work ability and health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and to investigate their associations with age, physical activity and physical fitness in middle-aged men working in blue-collar occupations.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the intensity and volume of therapeutic exercises during a standard 13-day inpatient neck rehabilitation course in relation to overall physical activity in rehabilitation and everyday life. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. METHODS Subjects (n = 19; 16 women and 3 men; mean age 48.6 years, standard deviation (SD) 6.6) with chronic(More)
OBJECTIVE Fewer than half of the patients with hip fracture will regain the prefracture level of physical functioning. This secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of a multicomponent home-based rehabilitation program (ProMo) on physical disability after hip fracture. DESIGN Randomized, controlled, parallel-group(More)
PURPOSE To explore how burnout rehabilitation clients experienced their recovery from burnout and what they found beneficial in rehabilitation. SUBJECTS Twelve clients whose burnout levels had declined during rehabilitation were interviewed at the end of the second period of the rehabilitation course. METHODS Semi-structured interviews comprised the(More)
To focus rehabilitation activities among burnout clients more effectively, it is important to investigate who benefits from burnout interventions. This study (N=85) aimed at identifying burnout trajectories in terms of benefit, that is, subgroups of clients who share similar mean levels and changes in burnout during a one-year rehabilitation intervention(More)
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