Rita Hwang

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of the study was to examine the frequency and severity of urinary incontinence in people with heart failure (HF). Secondary aims were to determine the differences in known risk factors for those who were continent and incontinent, to investigate the correlates of urinary incontinence in people with HF, and to examine the relationship(More)
BACKGROUND Owing to a reported learning effect in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease, performance of at least two six-minute walk tests (6MWT) are recommended as standard practice. Patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) are typically elderly and frail and it is unknown whether current guidelines are practical in a clinical setting. AIMS The(More)
Home-based programmes may offer an alternative to conventional programmes or as a means of maintaining physical fitness after graduating from centre-based programmes. We sought to examine the effectiveness of home-based exercise programmes on exercise capacity in patients with heart failure compared with usual medical care. Electronic databases were(More)
PURPOSE To examine the effects of telerehabilitation compared with other delivery models for improving physical or functional outcomes in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. METHODS A search was completed for English language publications from 1990 to August 2013 across 4 electronic databases and gray literature. Inclusion criteria were: (1)(More)
This study was undertaken to establish whether children with myelomeningocele have abnormal kinaesthesia of the hands. Twenty-one children with myelomeningocele and 21 control children aged between six and 12 years were involved in the study. The level of kinaesthetic awareness in the hands was measured by examining the child's ability to copy hand(More)
BACKGROUND The timed up and go test (TUGT) is a short-duration functional test frequently used in rehabilitation settings as a measure of balance and mobility. Reliability and validity for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) has yet to be determined. This prospective cohort study aimed to determine test-retest reliability of the TUGT in patients with(More)
QUESTION Is a 12-week, home-based telerehabilitation program conducted in small groups non-inferior to a traditional centre-based program in terms of the change in 6-minute walk distance? Is the telerehabilitation program also non-inferior to a centre-based program in terms of functional capacity, muscle strength, quality of life, urinary incontinence,(More)
Introduction This study aimed to determine the validity and reliability of video-based telerehabilitation assessments in patients with heart failure. Methods Seventeen consecutive participants (mean age 69 years, SD 12 years and 88% males) undertook assessments of three functional tests via both telerehabilitation and face-to-face approaches, on the same(More)
BACKGROUND A variety of educational interventions have been implemented to assist patients with heart failure (HF) to maintain their own health, develop self-care behaviors, and decrease readmissions. The most effective approach to education has yet to be established. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a multimedia(More)
BACKGROUND Providing flexible models and a variety of exercise options are fundamental to supporting long-term exercise participation for patients with heart failure (HF). The aim of this pilot study was to determine the feasibility and efficacy of aquatic exercise training during a maintenance phase for a clinical heart failure population. METHODS In(More)