Willem H Eisma

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OBJECTIVE To study the value of physical, mental, and social characteristics as predictors of functional outcome of elderly amputees. DESIGN Prospective, inception cohort study; comparisons with reference populations. SETTING Main hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, patients' own residence settings in 1 of the 3 northern provinces in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the interrater and intrarater reliability and the validity of the Timed "up and go" test as a measure for physical mobility in elderly patients with an amputation of the lower extremity. DESIGN To test interrater reliability, the test was performed for two observers at different times of the same day in an alternating order. To test(More)
Background: In a prospective study, upper limb morbidity and perceived disability/activities of daily life (ADLs) were assessed before and 1 year after sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) or axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Methods: A total of 204 patients with stage I/II breast cancer (mean age, 55.6 years; SD, 11.6 years) entered the study, and 189(More)
AIMS To provide one of the diagnostic categories for distal diabetic polyneuropathy,several symptom scoring systems are available, which are often extensive and lack in validation. We validated a new four-item Diabetic Neuropathy Symptom (DNS) score for diagnosing distal diabetic polyneuropathy. METHODS We compared score characteristics of the generally(More)
The aim of this retrospective and long-term follow-up study was to identify impairments resulting from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) of the upper extremity and to analyze the relationship between impairment and disability in RSD patients. The study group consisted of a referred sample of 65 RSD patients, with clinical signs in the upper extremity. RSD(More)
This study investigated some aspects of the validity of walking speed recording in 15 normal subjects, 16 trans-femoral amputees and 8 knee disarticulation amputees. The variability and test-retest reliability of walking speed and the influence of simultaneous recording of EMG and goniometry on comfortable and fast walking speeds were studied. The(More)
Study design:Survey.Objectives:Insight in (1) the changes in participation in vocational and leisure activities and (2) satisfaction with the current participation level of people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) after reintegration in society.Design:Descriptive analysis of data from a questionnaire.Setting:Rehabilitation centre with special department for(More)
AIMS Breast cancer treatment may result in long-term upper limb morbidity: reduced range of motion of the shoulder, muscle weakness of the arm and hand, lymph edema, pain and numbness. Relationship of this late morbidity with activities of daily life (ADL) and quality of life (QOL) is infrequently described and the strength of this relationship is not(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the differences in mortality and long-term outcome between young and elderly patients with multiple injuries. DESIGN Retrospective and descriptive. MATERIALS AND METHODS Over a 5-year period (from January 1985 to January 1990) all the consecutive young (20 to 29 years, n = 167) and elderly (> or = 60 years, n = 121) patients with(More)
The energy storing and releasing behaviour of 2 energy storing feet (ESF) and 2 conventional prosthetic feet (CF) were compared (ESF: Otto Bock Dynamic Pro and Hanger Quantum; CF: Otto Bock Multi Axial and Otto Bock Lager). Ten trans-tibial amputees were selected. The study was designed as a double-blind, randomised trial. For gait analysis a VICON motion(More)