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: stroke rehabilitation; upper limb rehabilitation; constraint-induced therapy; group therapy; occupational therapy
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University of Alberta
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Henderson, Cherie
Supervisor and department
Manns, Trish (Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine)
Examining committee member and department
Yang, Jaynie (Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine); Colbourne, Fred (Department of Psychology)
Colbourne, Frederick (Psychology)
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Rehabilitation Science - Occupational Therapy
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Master of Science
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Background: This study evaluated the efficacy of a modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (mCIMT) program delivered in a group format. Objectives: To determine if: 1) group mCIMT participants would show statistically significant and clinically important improvements; and 2) the effect size of a group mCIMT would be similar to those reported for individual mCIMT. Methods: Fifteen participants attended a group mCIMT program consisting of three participants supervised by two staff. Results: Participants achieved statistical and clinically significant improvements in motor recovery (Wolf Motor Function Test), functional use (Motor Activity Log) and participation (Canadian Occupational Performance Measure). These improvements were maintained over three months. The effect of group mCIMT was comparable to individualized mCIMT programs with similar protocols. Conclusion: Group delivery of mCIMT produces meaningful results similar in effect to individualized mCIMT and therefore is potentially an effective way of extending availability of this program without placing overwhelming demands on health care resources.
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