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Purpose: This paper introduces readers to the problem of confounding in epidemiology, how it differs from effect modification and how to deal with it statistically. There are several options for dealing with confounding. These include techniques based on matching, on stratification and on...
Purpose: to assess the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) on the patients' ability to fulfil their chosen family and social roles and to examine the impact of the disease on their relatives. Methods: a population-based survey of all known patients with MS and their relatives in Hampshire County,...
Purpose: To propose a system for the provision of comprehensive, coordinated rehabilitation services that would meet all the needs of persons with disability in a timely and cost-effective manner. Methods: Study of the literature pertaining to features of settings available for the delivery of...
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of personality characteristics, depression and personality disorders in predicting disability status in pain patients one year later. Method: Subjects were 250 volunteer chronic pain patients. The baseline evaluation consisted of...
Purpose: To assess the current status of computerized gait analysis techniques in the management of children with cerebral palsy or spina bifida who have significant walking disorders. Method: Synthesis of available data from a review of the literature, drawing on MEDLINE, EMBASE, PRE-MEDLINE,...
Purpose: This paper describes a motor-driven orthosis for paraplegics which has been developed. This orthosis is composed of a medially-mounted motor-driven hip joint and bilateral knee-ankle-foot orthosis. With the gear mechanism, the virtual axis of the hip joint of this orthosis is almost as...
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