Suzanne McDonough

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Effective stroke rehabilitation must be early, intensive and repetitive, which can lead to problems with patient motivation and engagement. The design of video games, often associated with good user engagement, may offer insights into how more effective systems for stroke rehabilitation can be developed. In this paper we identify game design principles for(More)
OBJECTIVE A pilot study to assess the feasibility of a trial to investigate the efficacy of acupuncture compared to placebo needling for the treatment of acute low back pain (LBP). As part of this, the study was designed to establish the credibility of the placebo control, and to provide data to inform a power analysis to determine numbers for a future(More)
BACKGROUND Many strategies are in use with the intention of preventing or minimising delayed onset muscle soreness and fatigue after exercise. Cold-water immersion, in water temperatures of less than 15°C, is currently one of the most popular interventional strategies used after exercise. OBJECTIVES To determine the effects of cold-water immersion in the(More)
There is now sufficient evidence that using a rehabilitation protocol involving motor imagery (MI) practice in conjunction with physical practice (PP) of goal-directed rehabilitation tasks leads to enhanced functional recovery of paralyzed limbs among stroke sufferers. It is however difficult to confirm patient engagement during an MI in the absence of any(More)
BACKGROUND There are wide variations in the clinical use of cryotherapy, and guidelines continue to be made on an empirical basis. STUDY DESIGN Systematic review assessing the evidence base for cryotherapy in the treatment of acute soft-tissue injuries. METHODS A computerized literature search, citation tracking, and hand searching were carried out up(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS Young children rarely transmit tuberculosis. In July 1998, infectious tuberculosis was identified in a nine-year-old boy in North Dakota who was screened because extrapulmonary tuberculosis had been diagnosed in his female guardian. The child, who had come from the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1996, had bilateral cavitary(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the clinical effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in the treatment of tendinopathy. Secondary objectives were to determine the relevance of irradiation parameters to outcomes, and the validity of current dosage recommendations for the treatment of tendinopathy. BACKGROUND LLLT is proposed as a possible treatment for tendon(More)
Stroke is a leading cause of severe physical disability, causing a range of impairments.  Frequently stroke survivors are left with partial paralysis on one side of the body and movement can be severely restricted in the affected side’s hand and arm.  We know that effective rehabilitation must be early, intensive and(More)
STUDY DESIGN A systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). OBJECTIVE To explore the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for nonspecific low back pain (LBP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Since the most recent systematic reviews on RCTs on acupuncture for LBP, 6 RCTs have been published, which may impact on the previous conclusions.(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the feasibility of a main RCT to compare the effectiveness of two frequencies (2 versus 5 times/week) of acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain (LBP). METHODS Participants (n=30) with chronic LBP were randomised into two groups to receive 10 acupuncture treatments: Low Frequency Group, 2 times/week for five weeks (n=15);(More)