Obstacle training programme for individuals post stroke: Feasibility study

Clare C. Bassile, Catherine Dean, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Ralph L Sacco

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Objective: The purposes were threefold: to develop an obstacle ambulation training programme, to recruit and retain individuals post chronic stroke and to assess the effectiveness of the obstacle ambulation training programme. Design: Intervention study; case series; baseline to post-intervention measures and one month follow-up after intervention. Setting: An outpatient department. Subjects: Five individuals with chronic stroke with mild to moderate functional limitations; convenience sample. Interventions: Therapy consisted of twice weekly sessions for four weeks during which subjects walked along a walkway and over obstacles. Main outcome measures: Motor Assessment Scale - walking section (MAS - time), Six-minute Walk Test distance, walking velocity, and Medical Outcomes Study-36 Health Status Measurement (SF-36). Results: Significant improvements were seen baseline to post intervention for walking velocity, Six-minute Walk Test, MAS and SF-36 physical function score (p ≤ 0.025 for all measures). Most improvements noted at the end of training were retained one month later. The effect sizes ranged from 0.33 to 1.20. Conclusions: Substantial improvement in ambulation function and disability level were seen as a result of the obstacle training programme for individuals with chronic stroke. Further investigation is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Obstacle training programme for individuals post stroke : Feasibility study. / Bassile, Clare C.; Dean, Catherine; Boden-Albala, Bernadette; Sacco, Ralph L.

In: Clinical Rehabilitation, Vol. 17, No. 2, 01.03.2003, p. 130-136.

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Bassile, Clare C. ; Dean, Catherine ; Boden-Albala, Bernadette ; Sacco, Ralph L. / Obstacle training programme for individuals post stroke : Feasibility study. In: Clinical Rehabilitation. 2003 ; Vol. 17, No. 2. pp. 130-136.
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