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We estimated the prevalence of recurrent leg pains, often described as "growing pains" in children 4 to 6 years of age in South Australia. We used a survey of the parents of children 4 to 6 years of age, using a validated questionnaire previously developed for this purpose. The sample was systematic and randomized across rural and urban regions, with a(More)
Spina bifida occulta of the sacrum is the most common type of spinal deformity. Many authors have published data on the frequency of spina bifida occulta, with varying results. Some possible reasons for this variability could include the differing methods used to gather data and differing ways of classifying the condition. This study attempts to develop an(More)
Equinus is characterized by reduced dorsiflexion of the ankle joint, but there is a lack of consensus regarding criteria for definition and diagnosis. This review examines the literature relating to the definition, assessment, diagnosis, prevalence, and complications of equinus. Articles on equinus and assessment of ankle joint range of motion were(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM There has been limited research into the values of the Australian occupational therapy profession and as such, the values have not been made explicit. Explicit values provide insight into what professionalism means to a profession. They can be used by practitioners for self-reflection purposes, shaping the future practice of individuals.(More)
Repeatable measures are essential for clinicians and researchers alike. Both need baseline measures that are reliable, as intervention effects cannot be accurately identified without consistent measures. The intrarater and interrater reliability of the new Foot Posture Index and current podiatric measures of foot position were assessed using a same-subject,(More)
That three dimensional (3D) planning for radiation therapy (RT) of carcinoma of the prostate (CaP) improves radiation dosimetry to the tumour and reduces dose to the rectum and bladder compared with 2D planning, has not been properly evaluated. We addressed this by downloading the CT data files of twenty-two patients who had completed 2D planned RT for CaP(More)
The Foot Posture Index is a new multidimensional and multiplanar tool aimed at quantifying the degree of pronation to supination of the foot, comprising eight criteria that sum to produce a final "score" of foot posture. In an initial study involving 31 subjects, angulations measured from dorsoplantar and lateral radiographs were compared with the(More)
Breast cancer patients are faced with many decisions about their treatment, relationships and lives. The aims of this study were: to provide an understanding of the phenomenon of making decisions during the experience of early breast cancer, and to describe the types of decisions these patients are typically faced with. Previous research has focused largely(More)
INTRODUCTION Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer require the support of a range of people during their treatment. Although the role of the breast care nurse in providing support has recently been investigated in several Australian studies the patients' perspective on the role of the breast care nurse in Australian hospitals has not previously been(More)
The reflex responses of the soleus motor units to Achilles tendon taps were investigated. Two different techniques were used to analyse the motor unit data. The first approach was the classical technique which involved building peristimulus time histograms (PSTH) from the firing times of single motor units. The second approach was a relatively unused(More)