Yvonne F. Heerkens

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OBJECTIVE Based on prospective and retrospective disease cohort studies, the aim of this review was to determine common prognostic factors for work disability among employees with rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, and ischemic heart disease (IHD). METHODS A systematic literature search in Medline(More)
The dynamic passive response of the left gastrocnemius medialis muscle of thirty male Wistar rats was studied as a function of muscle dimensions and absolute and relative amount of connective tissue. Values of the absolute active and passive length-force curves (active force, passive force, active working range) correlated well (coefficients of correlation(More)
Length-force relations, both active and passive, and twitch contraction characteristics were quantified for left medial gastrocnemius muscles of four young, four adult, and four old male Wistar rats. Muscle and bundle optimum length and muscle weight were also determined and subsequently used for calculation of a number of morphological characteristics of(More)
In 1995 a special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation was published on the use of the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (ICIDH) which was issued by WHO in 1980. Since 1995 a lot of energy has been spent by WHO and other organizations aiming at the development of a new and improved ICIDH. In 1997, a draft ICIDH-2(More)
BACKGROUND Employees with a chronic disease often encounter problems at work because of their chronic disease. The current paper describes the development of a self-management programme based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management programme (CDSMP) of Stanford University to help employees with a chronic somatic disease cope with these problems at work. The(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore consultation reports for patient and employment characteristics and recommendations on employment regarding patients with neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). DESIGN Retrospective study of multidisciplinary reports. SETTING An outpatient neuromuscular clinic at a university hospital. PARTICIPANTS Reports (N=102) of patients with NMDs.(More)
The effects of immobilization on both the circumferential dimensions of the lower limb, and the passive resistance of the knee to sinusoidal motion in the flexion-extension plane, were studied in patients immobilized after tibial fractures or ligamentous injuries of the knee. Immobilization resulted in a decrease of circumferential dimensions of the lower(More)
PURPOSE There are many models describing the responses of the human organism to work. However, the description of the effects on a personal level is rather limited. For this purpose the authors propose to use the concepts and the terminology of the ICF - the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. METHOD This article starts(More)
PURPOSE This study describes the use of the ICIDH by allied health professionals and the nursing professions in The Netherlands. It is an example for showing how in recent years the application of the ICIDH has developed within professions. The data elements of patient descriptors documented by nurses and allied health professionals using the ICIDH, as a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the interobserver and intraobserver reliability of assessments of impairments and disabilities. SUBJECTS AND METHODS One physical therapist's assessments were examined for intraobserver reliability. Judgments of two pairs of therapists were used to examine interobserver reliability.(More)