Victorine A Wood

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Seven clinical tests have been used to study the recovery of arm function in 92 patients over 2 years following their stroke. These tests are simple and quick, and can be used by any interested observer. They form a hierarchical scale that measures recovery. Statistically significant improvement is only seen in the first 3 months. Fifty-six patients(More)
Four short, simple measures of arm function, suitable for use with patients recovering from acute stroke, are described. These tests are: the Frenchay Arm Test, the Nine Hole Peg Test, finger tapping rate and grip strength. Good interobserver and test-retest reliability was demonstrated for all tests, and the Frenchay Arm Test was shown to be valid. Normal(More)
One hundred and sixty-two patients were referred to a rehabilitation unit after an acute stroke. The patterns of recovery of overall functional ability, arm function, walking and speech in 92 of 101 survivors have been analysed. In all modalities the majority of recovery occurs within 3 months; although improvement is seen thereafter it does not reach(More)
This paper describes preliminary studies on a screening test for aphasia which takes 3-10 minutes to complete and which is suitable for use by general practitioners, junior medical staff and other non-specialists. Data are presented to show that it is a reliable, valid assessment. Using cut-off values derived from normal people, the test is sensitive, but(More)
Ninety-nine patients had their function recorded regularly over the first 13 weeks after their stroke. Five functional areas were studied: urinary continence, mobility, the ability to dress, feeding, and the ability to transfer from bed to chair. Thirty-two patients died before 13 weeks. Forty-five of the 67 survivors had assessments twice weekly from(More)
OBJECTIVE A qualitative study using a phenomenological approach, to explore stroke survivors' needs and their perceptions of whether a community stroke scheme met these needs. METHODS Semi-structured in-depth interviews of 12 stroke survivors, purposively selected from participants attending a new community stroke scheme. Interpretative phenomenological(More)
Sixty surviving patients had their walking ability and speed assessed regularly over the first 3 months after an acute stroke. Sixty-four matched controls were studied to allow categorisation of speed as 'slow' or 'normal'. Fourteen patients never had any significant loss of walking speed; fifteen patients never recovered the ability to walk and one patient(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a measure of social integration following stroke. DESIGN Question and response scale generation from qualitative interview-based work followed by item and factor analytic methods of test construction. Analysis of the psychometric properties of final index. MEASURES Frenchay Activities Index, Nottingham Health Profile, Wakefield(More)
This is a prospective study of recovery of aphasia in 19 stroke patients selected from 117 consecutive hospital admissions by virtue of having significant aphasia and surviving 13 weeks. Aphasia was measured using the Frenchay Aphasia Screening Test (FAST) at frequent intervals from early after stroke. A wide variation in speed and extent of recovery was(More)
OBJECTIVE To ensure at outset the content validity of a measure (to be developed) of social integration following stroke. DESIGN Qualitative study, using in-depth interviews with patients at least six months following stroke. SETTING Community setting, Bristol, UK. SUBJECTS Thirty survivors of stroke, discharged at least six months previously from a(More)