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  • 1.
    Aasa, Björn
    et al.
    Department of Orthopaedics, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Umeå University, Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Berglund, Lars
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.
    Individualized Low-Load Motor Control Exercises and Education Versus a High-Load Lifting Exercise and Education to Improve Activity, Pain Intensity, and Physical Performance in Patients With Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial2015In: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, ISSN 0190-6011, E-ISSN 1938-1344, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 77-85Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Study DesignRandomized controlled trial. BackgroundLow back pain is a common disorder. Patients with low back pain frequently have aberrant and pain-provocative movement patterns that often are addressed with motor control exercises. ObjectiveTo compare the effects of low-load motor control (LMC) exercise and those of a high-load lifting (HLL) exercise. MethodsSeventy participants with recurrent low back pain, who were diagnosed with nociceptive mechanical pain as their dominating pain pattern, were randomized to either LMC or HLL exercise treatments. Participants were offered 12 treatment sessions over an 8-week period. All participants were also provided with education regarding pain mechanisms. MethodsParticipants were assessed prior to and following treatment. The primary outcome measures were activity (the Patient-Specific Functional Scale) and average pain intensity over the last 7 days (visual analog scale). The secondary outcome measure was a physical performance test battery that included 1 strength, 3 endurance, and 7 movement control tests for the lumbopelvic region. ResultsBoth interventions resulted in significant within-group improvements in pain intensity, strength, and endurance. The LMC group showed significantly greater improvement on the Patient-Specific Functional Scale (4.2 points) compared with the HLL group (2.5 points) (P<.001). There were no significant between-group differences in pain intensity (P = .505), strength, and 1 of the 3 endurance tests. However, the LMC group showed an increase (from 2.9 to 5.9) on the movement control test subscale, whereas the HLL group showed no change (from 3.9 to 3.1) (P<.001). ConclusionAn LMC intervention may result in superior outcomes in activity, movement control, and muscle endurance compared to an HLL intervention, but not in pain intensity, strength, or endurance. Registered at ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT01061632).

  • 2.
    Aasa, Björn
    et al.
    Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Hellqvist, Jonas
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Berglund, Lars
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab. peter.michaelson@ltu.se .
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    A characterisation of pain, disability, kinesiophobia and physical capacity in patients with predominantly peripherally mediated mechanical low back pain2011In: Physiotherapy, ISSN 0031-9406, E-ISSN 1873-1465, Vol. 97, no Suppl. 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The specific objectives were to: 1) describe the level of pain intensity, disability, activity limitation, kinesiophobia and physical capacity in patients with predominantly peripherally mediated mechanical back pain, and 2) investigate whether differences between these patients in physical and psychosocial factors can be distinguished when the patients are further sub-grouped.Relevance: To improve assessment among patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) it is important to investigate the prevalence of physical and psychosocial features in homogenous sub-groups.Participants: Seventy-one patients with CLBP, 20-60 years old, with peripherally mediated mechanical pain at the the moment for the study, were included and each patient was sub-classified into one of five sub-groups based on their pain behaviour and functional movement pattern (flexion n=20, flexion/lateral shift, n=11, active extension n=23 , passive extension n=8, and multidirectional pattern n=9).Methods: Data on pain intensity (Visual Analogue Scale), disability (the Roland and Morris Questionnaire), activity limitation (the Patient Specific Functional Scale), kinesiophobia (the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia) and physical capacity (lifting capacity and trunk extensor endurance) was collected.Analysis: Mean and standard deviation for parametric and median and interquartile range for non-parametric data were used for descriptive statistics. One-way ANOVA for normally distributed data and Kruskal-Wallis for non-normally distributed data were used for analyses of differences between the sub-groups. The subjects were also divided into two age-groups (20-40 and 41-60 years) and measures of physical capacity were compared to women and men at the ages of 34 and 50, respectively, in the general Swedish population using one sample T-test.Results: The patients reported low to moderate pain intensity (3.1/10±2.4), disability (RMDQ (7.27/24 ±4.2) and kinesiophobia (33.4/68 ±7) and these levels were lower than reported levels in other studies including more heterogenous groups of patients with CLBP. The patiens reported activity limitations (PSFS 13/30±23). Lifting capacity and trunk extensor endurance were significantly lower than in the general population in the youngest age-group. No significant differences in pain intensity, disability, kinesiophobia or physical capacity were found between the sub-groups.Conclusions: This research highlights that patients with predominantly peripherally mediated mechanical back pain may differ from other sub-groups of patients with CLBP (e.g., patients with central sensitization as dominating pain mechanism) regarding physical and psychosocial factors. The individual variation in pain intensity, disability, kinesiophbia and physical capacity among the patients indicates the importance to assess these factors in every patient. Due to the fact that there were few patients in the sub-groups, further research is necessary to explore whether there are differences, that we were not able to disingjish, between patients with different movement patterns.

  • 3.
    Aasa, Björn
    et al.
    Department of Orthopaedics, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Umeå University, Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Sandlund, Jonas
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.
    Low- versus high-load motor control exercise to reduce disability in patients with persistent peripherally mediated mechanical low back pain2012In: Rendez vous of hands and minds: 10th International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists’ World conference, Quebec,  1-5 Oct 2012, 2012, no 2Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    et al.
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.
    Aasa, Björn
    Department of Orthopaedics, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Umeå University, Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Sandlund, Jonas
    Effects of low- and high-load motor control exercises on lumbar curvature during stance in patients with low back pain2012In: Rendez vous of hands and minds: 10th International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists’ World conference, Quebec,  1-5 Oct 2012, 2012, no 2Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Prellwitz, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Röding, Jenny
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    An Initial Field Trial of a Haptic Navigation System for Persons with a Visual Impairment2015In: Journal of Assistive Technologies, ISSN 1754-9450, E-ISSN 2042-8723, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 199-206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to describe conceptions of feasibility of a haptic navigation system for persons with a visual impairment (VI). Design/methodology/approach– Six persons with a VI who were white cane users were tasked with traversing a predetermined route in a corridor environment using the haptic navigation system. To see whether white cane experience translated to using the system, the participants received no prior training. The procedures were video-recorded, and the participants were interviewed about their conceptions of using the system. The interviews were analyzed using content analysis, where inductively generated codes that emerged from the data were clustered together and formulated into categories. Findings– The participants quickly figured out how to use the system, and soon adopted their own usage technique. Despite this, locating objects was difficult. The interviews highlighted the desire to be able to feel at a distance, with several scenarios presented to illustrate current problems. The participants noted that their previous white cane experience helped, but that it nevertheless would take a lot of practice to master using this system. The potential for the device to increase security in unfamiliar environments was mentioned. Practical problems with the prototype were also discussed, notably the lack of auditory feedback. Originality/value– One novel aspect of this field trial is the way it was carried out. Prior training was intentionally not provided, which means that the findings reflect immediate user experiences. The findings confirm the value of being able to perceive things beyond the range of the white cane; at the same time, the participants expressed concerns about that ability. Another key feature is that the prototype should be seen as a navigation aid rather than an obstacle avoidance device, despite the interaction similarities with the white cane. As such, the intent is not to replace the white cane as a primary means of detecting obstacles.

  • 6.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Prellwitz, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Röding, Jenny
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Virtuell vit käpp för den seende rullstolen2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Albertsson, Sophie
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Hjerpe, Caroline
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Den gravida kroppen - individens eller sjukvårdens ansvar?: En kvalitativ studie om kvinnors uppfattningar och erfarenheter.2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Träning under en graviditet är viktigt både ur ett fysiologiskt samt psykologiskt perspektiv. Bristande fysisk aktivitet är en stor riskfaktor för hälsan. Livshändelser såsom graviditet och förlossning kan utgöra en större risk för bristande fysisk aktivitet hos kvinnor. Gravida kvinnor rekommenderas att vara fysiskt aktiva minst 30 minuter per dag. Informationen kring fysisk aktivitet och träning är ofta bristfällig inom mödrahälsovården varför det efterlyses ett närmare samarbete mellan till exempel barnmorskor och fysioterapeuter. Genom att förbättra kvantiteten och kvaliteten på informationen angående fysisk aktivitet hos gravida finns det en möjlighet att korrigera felaktiga uppfattningar och på så sätt främja en god hälsa. Syfte: Syftet var att beskriva kvinnors egen uppfattning om fysisk aktivitet och träning under och efter en graviditet samt upplevelse av mottagen information från sjukvården angående ämnet. Metod: En kvalitativ intervjustudie genomfördes med fem kvinnor, vilka rekryterades via ett strategiskt urval. Därefter genomfördes en innehållsanalys av intervjuerna. Resultat: Analysen av intervjutexterna resulterade i en huvudkategori “Den gravida kroppen - individens eller sjukvårdens ansvar?”. Huvudkategorin innehöll följande kategorier “Kunskapsinhämtning - individens ansvar” samt “Aktivitetsnivå - individens val” med tillhörande underkategorier. Konklusion: Studien visade positiva upplevelser och uppfattningar av fysisk aktivitet och träning i samband med graviditeten. De intervjuade kvinnorna upplevde bristande information från sjukvården gällande detta ämne. De råd som kvinnorna hade fått från sjukvården upplevdes som osäkra och väldigt generella, därför fanns en önskan om att individanpassa råden.

  • 8. Andersson, Britta
    Westman, Birgitta (Producer)
    Välkommen till oss på avdelning 12: Avd. 12 rehab långvård1988Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Fysisk medie: 1 Videokassett

  • 9.
    Andersson, Christoffer
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
    Sundström, Adam
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
    Uppvärmning med skadeförebyggande syfte: Minskar det skaderisken för fysiskt aktiva? En litteraturstudie2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Introduktion/bakgrund: Uppvärmning är en allmänt vedertagen rutin för fysiskt aktiva. Enlitteraturstudie från 2006 har undersökt effekten av uppvärmning som skadeförebyggandemekanism, konklusionen i artikeln var att uppvärmningens skadeförebyggande effekt är osäker.Framstående organisationer som IOC och FIFA har tagit mer ansvar för atleternas hälsa genomatt investera resurser i forskningsprogram för att minska antalet skador inom idrott, däriblandskapandet av uppvärmningsprogram med skadeförebyggande syfte.Syfte: Syftet var att sammanställa vetenskap som undersöker om uppvärmning medskadeförebyggande syfte minskar skaderisken för fysiskt aktiva.Metod: Sökning har gjorts i fyra dataser PubMed, PEDro, Cinahl, Medline. Sökorden var―warm-up‖, ―warm up‖, ―warming up‖, ―injury‖ och ―injury prevention‖. Inklusionskriterier varRCT-studier, daterade från 2006 tills vårt sökdatum. Studier som undersökt prestation och effektpå biomekaniska faktorer exkluderades.Resultat: 10 av 16 artiklar visar på skadeförebyggande effekt för interventionsgrupperna. 8 avdessa 10 artiklar var gjorda på deltagare i tonåren eller yngre.Konklusion: Resultaten pekar på att uppvärmingsprogram med skadeförebyggande syfteminskar skaderisken mer på yngre individer som ännu inte har utvecklat sina rörelsemönster tillfullo jämfört med vuxna individer. Mer forskning behövs där kontrollgruppernas uppvärmningstandardiseras för att öka studiernas kvalité samt där uppvärmningsprogrammens effekt påskadeförebyggande biomekaniska variabler tas i beaktning och inte enbart antal skador.

  • 10.
    Andersson, Helena
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Stenquist, Nathalie
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Det dom inte nämner: Enkätstudie om informationen Sveriges hälso- och sjukvård erbjuder kvinnor gällande postpartumträning2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: After pregnancy and childbirth the female body goes through changes in both body and mind. Inadequate research has been done in the field of physical activity and exercise in postpartum women. Swedish counties has not formed a cohesive plan of antenatal care which creates variations throughout the country. Purpose: The aim for this study was to investigate how women are being informed about physical activity and exercise postpartum by Swedish healthcare. Method: To complete this study a survey was made and via a snowball sampling distributed throughout social media. Participants; 1023 women whom represented each county of Sweden. Inclusion criteria; to have given birth in Sweden the last 5 years and understand the Swedish language. Results: Women get limited oral and written information about physical activity and exercise. The information is mainly distributed by a midwife and women rarely get to meet a physiotherapist postpartum. Half of the women that did meet with a physiotherapist used the information but was in general not satisfied with its content. Conclusion: Postpartum activity and exercise is an individual process that should be exerted in consultation with a physiotherapist and the field of physiotherapy should be utilized to a greater extent in Swedish antenatal care.

  • 11. Andersson, Linda
    et al.
    Ulander, Helene
    Larsson, Agneta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Mikaelsson, Katarina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Betydelsen av verbal uppmuntran vid utförande av handstyrketest2004In: Nordisk fysioterapi, ISSN 1402-3024, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 145-51Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate if verbal encouragement had any influence on hand strength measurements. Twenty subjects participated in the study, all women aged between 20 and 62 years. A standardization of testing conditions and verbal encouragement was designed. Three measurements were conducted during 2 days using T.K.K 5401 Grip D. First there was a trial set, and then Test 1 (without verbal encouragement) and Test 2 (with verbal encouragement) were con-ducted. The results showed a significant improvement regarding the test results from Test 1 to Test 2. The subjects also answered a questionnaire about their feelings towards the two test occasions. A majority of the subjects felt that verbal encouragement had an influence on their performance. In conclusion, it could be said that verbal encouragement both had a subjective and objective influence on a subject's performance. In earlier studies, verbal encouragement has shown to influence different personalities in different ways. Thus, this would be an interesting field of study for future research

  • 12.
    Andersson, Susanne
    et al.
    Sunderby sjukhus, Sjukgymnastiken.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Röding, Jenny
    The perception of physical therapy on distance for patients with renal disease: a pilot study2003In: Abstractbok för sjukgymnastdagarna 2003, Stockholm: Legitimerade sjukgymnasters riksförbund , 2003, p. 49-Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    Samrehab, Värnamo Sjukhus.
    The Role of Physiotherapy to Enhance Sexual Health in Chronic Disease2014In: Journal of Sexual Medicine, ISSN 1743-6095, E-ISSN 1743-6109, Vol. 11, no Suppl. 1, p. 90-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    Jönköping University, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare.
    Using resources and addressing challenges: It is time to include sexual health in therapy2016In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, ISSN 1741-1645, E-ISSN 1759-779X, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 156-157Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Juuso, Päivi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Rolander, Bo
    Jönköping University.
    Larsson, Agneta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Health Care Students' Attitudes Toward Addressing Sexual Health in Their Future Profession: Validity and reliability of a questionnaire2016In: International Journal of Sexual Health, ISSN 1931-7611, E-ISSN 1931-762X, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 243-250Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To test the reliability and validity of the Students' Attitudes Towards Addressing Sexual Health questionnaire (SA-SH), measuring students' attitudes towards addressing sexual health in their future professions.

    Method: A cross-sectional online survey (22 items) were distributed to 186 nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy students in Sweden, April 2015. Validity and reliability were tested.

    Results: The construct validity analysis led to three major factors: present feelings of comfortableness, future working environment and fear of negative influence on future patient relations. The construct validity, internal consistency reliability and intrarater reliability showed good results.Conclusion: The SA-SH is valid and reliable.

  • 16.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    et al.
    Samrehab, Värnamo Hospital.
    Kammerlind, Ann-Sofi C.
    Futurum – The Academy of Healthcare, Jönköping.
    Lund-Levander, Martha
    Futurum – The Academy of Healthcare, Jönköping.
    Evidence-based practice in a multiprofessional context2012In: International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, ISSN 1744-1595, E-ISSN 1744-1609, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 117-125Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background  Healthcare today is a complex system with increasing needs of specific knowledge of evaluation of research and implementation into clinical practice. A critical issue is that we all apply evidence-based practice (EBP) with standardised methods and continuing and systematic improvements. EBP includes both scientific and critical assessed experience-based knowledge. For the individual, this means applying evidence-based knowledge to a specific situation, and for the organisation, it means catering for a systematic critical review and evaluation and compiling research into guidelines and programmes. In 2009, the County Council of Jönköping had approximately 335 000 inhabitants and the healthcare organisation had more than 10 000 employees. As the County Council actively promotes clinical improvement, it is interesting to explore how healthcare employees think about and act upon EBP. The aim of this survey was therefore to describe factors that facilitate or hinder the application of EBP in the clinical context.

    Method  A quantitative study was performed with a questionnaire to healthcare staff employed in the County Council of Jönköping in 2009. The questionnaire consisted of questions concerning which factors are experienced to affect the development of evidence-based healthcare. There were 59 open and closed questions, divided into the following areas:

    • • Sources of knowledge used in practice
    • • Barriers to finding and evaluating research reports and guidelines
    • • Barriers to changing practice on the basis of best evidence
    • • Facilitating factors for changing practice on the basis of best evidence
    • • Experience in finding, evaluating and using different sources of evidence

    The participants were selected using the county council's staff database and included medical, caring and rehabilitative staff within hospitals, primary care, dentistry and laboratory medicine. The inclusion criteria were permanent employment and clinical work. Invitations were sent to 5787 persons to participate in the study and 1445 persons answered the questionnaire.

    Results  Knowledge used in daily clinical practice was mainly based on information about the patient, personal experience and local guidelines. Twenty per cent answered that they worked ‘in the way they always had’, and 11% responded that they used evidence from research as a basis for change. The participants experienced that EBP was not used enough in clinical healthcare and explained this with practical and structural barriers, which they thought should be better monitored by the organisation and directors.

    Conclusion  Overall, the results indicate that the scientific evidence for healthcare is not used sufficiently as a base for decisions in daily practice as well as for changing practice. This is more prominent among assistant staff. As a consequence, this might affect the care of the patients in a negative way. Increased awareness of EBP and a stronger evidence-based approach are keys in the ongoing improvement work in the county. Local guidelines seem to be a way to implement knowledge. But, as the arena of activities is complex and the employees have diverse education levels, different strategies to facilitate and promote EBP are necessary.

  • 17.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare.
    Larsson, Agneta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Rolander, Bo
    Högskolan i Jönköping, HHJ, Avd. för beteendevetenskap och socialt arbete.
    Juuso, Päivi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Health care students' attitudes towards working with sexual health in their professional roles - survey of students at nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy programmes2016In: Conference abstracts: Pre-conference abstracts, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Larsson, Agneta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Rolander, Bo
    Jönköping University, Futurum, Academy for Health and Care, Jönköping County Council.
    Juuso, Päivi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Health Care Students’ Attitudes Towards Working with Sexual Health in Their Professional Roles: Survey of Students at Nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Programmes2016In: Sexuality and disability, ISSN 0146-1044, E-ISSN 1573-6717, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 289-302Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to explore differences and similarities in health care students’ attitudes towards working with and communicating with patients about sexual health issues in their future professions. The aim was also to explore whether the students’ gender, age and future professions were influencing factors and whether there was a change in attitude depending on educational levels, gender, age and future professions. The study also aimed to explore the potential development of those differences and similarities in attitudes between health care students having achieved different levels of education and training in their future professions. A cross-sectional quantitative study was performed with an online survey distributed to nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy students. The students believed that they needed increased sexual health education and increased communication skills about sexual health. Gender and future profession are factors that significantly affect the attitudes of the students towards working with sexual health. Nursing and occupational therapy students have a more positive attitude towards addressing sexual health in their future professions than do physiotherapy students. Further research is needed in this field to improve competence in sexual health for all student groups, particularly physiotherapy students. Further research is also needed to explore the significance of gender regarding education in sexual health and attitudes towards working with sexual health.

  • 19.
    Areskoug Josefsson, Kristina
    et al.
    Värnamo Hospital.
    Öberg, Ulrika
    Futurum - The Academy of Healthcare, County Council, Jönköping.
    A literature review of the sexual health of women with rheumatoid arthritis2009In: Musculoskeletal Care, ISSN 1478-2189, E-ISSN 1557-0681, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 219-226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sexual health problems are common for women with Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA. Sexual health is covered in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) by two different fields: sexual function and intimate relationships, which are included in the ICF core sets for RA. Most patients with RA are female, and there are differences concerning sexual health between women and men with RA. The aim of this study was to explore the literature concerning the effects of RA on the sexual health of female patients, and also recommend solutions to improve the sexual health of women with RA. Sexual health problems can occur before, during and after sexual activities, and can affect women's sexual health in different perspectives. The investigated areas concerning female RA-patients and sexual are general sexual problems, sexual satisfaction, sexual desire, sexual performance, and sexual functioning. RA affects sexual health as a result of pain, reduced joint mobility, fatigue, depression and body image alterations. The investigated material provides few solutions to sexual health problems of female RA- patients. The most commonly mentioned solution is increased information and communication between health professionals and patients. Some of the studies recommend physiotherapy. Further research is needed to understand which types of intervention can help women with RA to improve their sexual health

  • 20.
    Areskoug-Josefsson, Kristina
    et al.
    Department of Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy, Lund University.
    Ekdahl, Charlotte
    Department of Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy, Lund University.
    Jakobsson, Ulf
    Center for Primary Health Care Research, CRC, Lund University.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Detecting decreased sexual health with MDHAQ-S2013In: Health, ISSN 1949-4998, E-ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 5, no 6B, p. 38-47Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are instruments that measure sexual function or sexual health for persons with RA, but since sexual health is a sensitive issue, the hypothesis is that it would be easier to have a standard questionnaire that could indicate the need for communication about sexual health issues instead of an extra questionnaire with more detailed questions on sexual health. The aim of the study is to find out whether sexual health difficulties can be screened by factors included in the MDHAQ-S for persons with RA. This study explores the relation between factors included in the MDHAQ-S and the Sexual Health Questionnaire (QSH) using a mixed methods design combining quantitative and qualitative data. The MDHAQ-S covers sexual health issues, not only by using the question on sexual health, but also on other factors included in the questionnaire such as increased pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, physical capacity, level of physiccal activity and body weight. To explore decreased sexual arousal, decreased sexual satisfaction and decreased sexual well-being, in-depth interviews must be held with persons with RA, either using a sexual health questionnaire or in a clinical interview.

  • 21. Arvidsson, Mialinn
    et al.
    Patel, Sonal
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Calner, Tommy
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Kroppsmedvetande hos unga indiska kvinnor2005In: Nordisk fysioterapi, ISSN 1402-3024, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 40-47Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Body image is a concept, referring to feelings and attitudes toward: the body. There are many di fervent factors affecting the body image; historical, cultural, social and individual factors. The aim ofthis study was to describe young Indian women's body image. One hundred female university students in India answered the Ben-Tovim Walker Body attitudes questionnaire (BAQ). The result showed that Indian women had a sound body image.

  • 22. Axelsson, J.
    et al.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Arbetssätt, kompetensanvändning och trivsel hos sjukgymnaster inom kommunal verksamhet: en kartläggning2002In: Nordisk fysioterapi, ISSN 1402-3024, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 2-8Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The municipality should offer good healthcare for those living in managed care facilities. This responsibility encompasses both rehabilitation as well as certain technical aids. The purpose of the study was to survey the work procedures of physical therapists in municipalities. A mail survey with questions regarding organization, work procedures, competence and job satisfaction was sent to 96 randomly selected physical therapists employed by Swedish municipalities. 70 physical therapists responded to the survey, which showed that the organization varies widely among different municipalities. However, a common denominator was a large territory with a large number of caretakers. The work of physical therapists largely consists of advising and educating personnel. They have a broad competence which is necessary and in demand but few decision makers know what physical therapists can contribute. Most physical therapists believe that they have a stimulating and meaningful work but that the resources are too scarce

  • 23.
    Axelsson, Sarianne Wiklund
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Prerequisites for sustainable life style changes among older persons with obesity and for ICT support2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The experiences from persons in the third age of lifestyle changes due to obesity are rarely described in research. Interventions regarding lifestyle changes and obesity show weak evidence for long-term effects. Information and communication technology (ICT) may add an important potential in interventions, but readiness among older persons and the actual needs for support must be explored. Therefore the overall aim for the thesis was to explore the prerequisites for sustainable lifestyle changes among older persons with obesity; and how this could be supported by ICT.Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used. In paper I, 10 participants were individually interviewed about their experiences of lifestyle changes and in a multistage focus group study (paper IV), 6 participants expressed the support needed for sustainable lifestyle changes in relation to obesity. Qualitative content analysis was used. In a randomly selected population survey, 154 participants responded to an enquiry about general and health related ICT usage (paper II). They also rated scenarios for expected psychosocial impact on web based e-health services and mobile health applications (paper III).An integration of the results identified four main findings: The first finding, A never-ending process of vigilance and vulnerability, showed constant attempts of weight loss and pre-occupation on not to fail in an un-supportive environment. The second finding; Need for psychosocial support marked that the process of lifestyle changes was influenced by factors as sensibility to moods, social support and others’ attitudes. It was therefore essential for the persons to achieve emotional balance. The third finding, ICT as a possible support for adaptability, presented that older Swedes expected a positive psychosocial impact by ICT, especially in a future perspective. ICT was most valued in the domain of adaptability. The degree of usage of health related ICT, however, was low, although persons with overweight had more experience of this usage. Finally, the fourth finding; Reconstructions from weight to health expresses the needs of reconstructing focus towards health, rather than being pre-occupied with weight loss. Physical activity that was associated to joy and to have a functioning body, a body that would serve them as before, were motives to lose weight.In conclusion, this thesis illustrates that a lifestyle change due to obesity in third age is lined with vigilance not to fail and requires a great deal of endurance and effort. The potential of ICT to support lifestyle changes is likely to be substantiated by the positive expectations on ICT from a psychosocial impact perspective, especially in views of the future. Findings indicate a need for moving focus from weight towards health and to see opportunities, and that psychosocial support and enjoyable physical activity are important prerequisites for sustainable change.

  • 24.
    Berg, Ida Linnea
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
    Att implementera nya arbetssätt i hemrehabiliteringspraxis: Multipel fallstudie2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: To Implement New Strategies in Rehabilitation at Home - Multiple Case Study The aim of this study was to evaluate and describe the implementation process of a Home- rehabilitation-intervention. The new intervention was client-focused, used re-ablement with common goals in order to strengthen the clients’ independence and ability to live at home. Multiple case study was chosen as method and both quantitative and qualitative data was collected and analyzed. Eight clients were included in the study and they took part of a four- week long rehabilitation intervention at home. Interviews with these clients and their care staff were conducted and then analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Measurement before and after the intervention were SPPB, FRAT, Barthel and the Goal Attainment scale, GAS. The adherence, loss of clients to the intervention and the amount of home visits from care staff was also analyzed. As a model for implementation the PDSA- cycle was used. The results show that the clients and the staff felt positive about rehabilitation at home, and that the clients achieved goals and got positive results on function and independence, but that there were weaknesses in the implementation of re- ablement and participation. The care- staff saw that lack of motivation amongst the clients and lack of time were barriers to rehabilitation at home. They also wanted to improve the communication and the cooperation between care-staff and rehabilitation-staff because they saw that the rehabilitation at home was valuable when it worked properly. In the future development of the intervention and implementation of these multiprofessional tasks we will start with these factors. This study can also be seen as a guideline for others that wish to implement new strategies in to clinical practice. The use of development tools and the importance of studying the implementation from a broad perspective is emphasized with this study. Searchwords: Rehabilitation At Home, Implementation, Multiple Case Study, PDSA-cycle 

  • 25.
    Berggren, Alvin
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences. Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Pettersson, Kristoffer
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences. Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Hur valid är mätning av postural kontroll med Wii Balance Board i jämförelse med en Kistler Force Plate?: How valid is it to measure postural control with  Wii Balance Board in comparison to a Kistler Force Plate?2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Det finns funktionella tester med varierande svårighetsgrad för att utvärdera patienters balans i kliniken. Dessa tester kan dock endast visa på balansförmåga i grova drag, exempelvis om man kan ställa sig upp från en stol eller klarar att stå på ett ben utan att falla. För mer exakta metoder går det att använda sig utav en kraftplatta. Det har det tidigare undersökts huruvida en Wii Balance Board kan fungera som ett valitt substitut för en standardiserad kraftplatta då denna är lättare och mindre kostsam. Det har dock aldrig undersökts med ett testprotokoll där proprioceptionen hos deltagaren försökt påverkas. Syfte: Öka kunskapen om validiteten för Wii Balance Board i jämförelse med Kistler Force Plate vad gäller mätning av postural kontroll i stillastående med och utan nackrotation via bål och underkropp. Metod: Experimentell metod med 15 deltagare som genomförde tre olika test i stillastående, dels med nacken i neutralposition och dels roterad 45 grader genom att rotera bål och underkropp. Posturala svajet mättes med Wii Balance Board och kraftplatta samtidigt. Skillnader i resultaten uträknades och analyserades sedan med Bland-Altman plots metod och presenterades i grafer. Resultat: Generellt framkom mycket god samstämmighet mellan utrustningarna, dock påvisades anmärkningsvärt större avvikelser för tre av deltagarna. Diskussion: Tekniska problem som har påverkat experimentet har upptäckts under studiens gång och har tagits med för framtida kunskap. Även att standardisera de tester som genomfördes med mer detaljerade och strikta instruktioner för deltagaren att stå stilla är viktigt för att inte få onödigt posturalt svaj. Konklusion: Validiteten för Wii Balance Board bedömer vi som god då resultatet mellan plattorna stämde överens i hög grad. Det är dock viktigt att ta hänsyn till upptäckta avvikelser som går att undvika vid framtida upprepade försök tack vare kunskapen från denna studie.

  • 26.
    Berggård, Glenn
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Rosander, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Larsson, Agneta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Konsumenttester av vinterskor och halkskydd2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Sjukvårdsbaserad skadestatistik från Sverige visar att singelolyckor med fotgängare på is och snö, orsakar höga skadetal. I Sverige beräknas ca 10000 män och 15000 kvinnor uppsöka sjukvård på grund av skada vid fall på snö och is. Personer skadade i fallolyckor på snö och is har svårare skador och längre konvalescenstid jämfört med fotgängare som faller på barmark. Det är därför viktigt att identifiera preventiva metoder och hjälpmedel för fallolyckor vintertid.Syftet med detta arbete har varit att genomföra konsumenttester av vinterskor och halkskydd på olika underlag med avseende på hur väl de fungerar som skydd mot att halka samt hur användarvänliga de upplevs av brukaren. I arbetet har det också varit viktigt att försöka identifiera kriterier som kan anses vara betydelsefulla för att bedöma vinterväglagsegenskaperna. Dessutom fanns ett behov av att ta fram underlag och förslag på en standardiserad metod för halkskydds-/vinterskortester och en märkning som ger konsumenterna möjlighet att bedöma och jämföra halkskyddens respektive vinterskornas egenskaper innan köp.Testmetoden som tagits fram för att undersöka halkskyddens och skornas egenskaper bygger på tidigare erfarenheter från tester av halkskydd. Metoden bygger på att försökspersoner genomför gångtester med halkskydd och skor på olika underlag samtidigt som olika mätmetoder, både objektiva och subjektiva, används för att kategorisera gång. Tester har genomförts av 9 försökspersoner, över 45 år, 4 män och 5 kvinnor, som testat 19 halkskydd och 20 olika skor. Fyra olika underlag har använts för att kategorisera egenskaperna på de undersökta halkskydden och skorna: is, is täckt med snö, packad snö, torr betong.Testmetoden har kompletterats med laboratoriemätningar av halkskyddens och skosulornas friktion på is samt hårdheten hos skornas sulor. Multipel hierarkisk multipel regressionsanalys användes för att identifiera vilka kriterier som kan ha betydelse för fotgängarnas skattade helhetsupplevelse av de testade halkskydden på olika underlag.Resultatet av förmätningarna visar att testgruppen (fem kvinnor och fyra män med medålder 47 år) motsvarar en normalpopulation, avseende variationer i de uppmätta bakgrundsparametrarna.FIOH:s friktionsmätningar på is av samtliga skor och halkskydd visar att halkskydden har genomgående högre friktionsvärden än skorna, dvs. de har bättre fäste på is än de skor som testats men resultaten visar på små skillnader mellan de sämsta halkskydden och de bästa skorna.Resultat från friktionsmätningen, som den utförs idag i fixerat utförande, ger inte överensstämmelse med försökspersonernas upplevelser av gångsäkerhet eller fallrisk. Försökspersonernas gångcykel med hälisättning, överrullning och fotavveckling bygger upp den samlade uppfattningen om egenskaperna och fångas enbart i de subjektiva mätmetoderna.Sex kriterier som bedömts viktiga att ta hänsyn till när det gäller halkfri gång med en vintersko har kunnat identifieras via analys av försökspersonernas fritextsvar avseende fördelar, nackdelar och övrig funktionalitet: gångsäkerhet, möjliggör ett naturligt gångmönster, stabilitet, förutsägbarhet, flexibilitet och passform/komfort. Gångsäkerhet är viktigast och omfattar fäste/grepp, detta är viktigast på is, is/snö vid gång samt vid start och stopp.Sju subjektiva kriterier för halkskydd har också identifierats; gångsäkerhet, tillåter naturligt gångmönster, stabilitet, förutsägbarhet, flexibilitet, passform/komfort, och ljud. Gångsäkerhet är viktigast.Den självskattade hälisättningen på underlagen ren is samt på snö på is framkom som det viktigaste kriteriet för testpersonernas helhetsupplevelse av skyddet. Även skattad fotavveckling på alla underlag med främst på främst på snö på is var av betydelse. Upplevd balans och fallrisk var mest utslagsgivande för helhetsupplevelsen av de halkskydd som inte valdes för eget bruk. Det tyder på att en lägre grad av skattad kontroll av kroppshållning och balans under gång med skyddet är en relevant indikator för att identifiera skydd med bristande funktioner.Variablerna subjektivt skattad fallrisk, balans, hälisättning och fotavveckling kan samtliga relateras till ett skydds halkegenskaper och funktion. Upplevd fallrisk samvarierar med såväl balans, hälisättning och fotavveckling vilket innebär att kriteriet upplevd fallrisk kan antas omfatta de övriga och kan väljas som en enskild variabel i fortsatta analyser.Kvalitetsnivåer i bedömningsskalor kan antas gå att knyta till de subjektiva kriterierna.En standardiserat testmetod för klassindelning av egenskaper för vinterskor respektive halkskydd bör bygga på mätmetoder med försökspersoner enligt ovan.Fortsatta studier med fler testpersoner behövs för att verifiera de resultat som indikeras ovan.

  • 27.
    Berglund, Annika
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab. Vårdhögskolan i Boden.
    Holmstedt-Svenningsson, Karin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab. Vårdhögskolan i Boden.
    Myhr, Ulla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab. Vårdhögskolan i Boden.
    Knästroppar för barn med cerebral pares: tryckmätning1999In: Nordisk fysioterapi, ISSN 1402-3024, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 65-71Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Kneeblocks are used to create a symmetric sitting position for individuals with different physical disabilities. The aim of this paper was to examine the impact of kneeblocks in children with cerebral palsy. Six children aged 4-13 years (mean 9 years) participated in the study. Pressure applied to the children's legs was measured with a computer aided system with waterfilled plastic bags and a pressure transducer with 2 Hz registration continuously during 3 minutes. The registrations were made in four difference sitting positions - horizontal sea and 5 degrees forward inclined, seat with and without a hipbelt, while the children performed different standardised tasks at a table. This was documented by videofile and photographs. The results were presented for the different sitting positions and tasks. The means pressure varied from 0.5 kPa in the sitting position with horizontal seat with a hipbelt to 5.2kPa in the position with 5 degrees forward inclined without a hipbelt. Occasionally pressure up to 24.5 kPa was measured. The kneeblocks did constantly exert pressure on the children's legs, but the pressure varied. If kneeblocks are used it should be in combination with a hipbelt, to minmise the pressure applied to the children's legs.

  • 28.
    Berglund, Lars
    et al.
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Aasa, Björn
    Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Hellqvist, Jonas
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University.
    Which patients with low back pain benefit from deadlift training?2015In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, ISSN 1064-8011, E-ISSN 1533-4287, Vol. 29, no 7, p. 1803-1811Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent studies have indicated that the deadlift exercise may be effective in decreasing pain intensity and increasing activity for most, but not all, patients with a dominating mechanical low back pain pattern. This study aimed to evaluate which individual factors measured at baseline could predict activity, disability, and pain intensity in patients with mechanical low back pain after an 8-week training period involving the deadlift as a rehabilitative exercise. Thirty-five participants performed deadlift training under the supervision of a physical therapist with powerlifting experience. Measures of pain-related fear of movement, hip and trunk muscle endurance and lumbopelvic movement control were collected at baseline. Measures of activity, disability and pain intensity were collected at baseline and at follow-up. Linear regression analyses were used to create models to predict activity, disability and pain intensity at follow-up. Results showed that participants with less disability, less pain intensity and higher performance on the Biering-Sørensen test, which tests the endurance of hip and back extensor muscles, at baseline benefit from deadlift training. The Biering-Sørensen test was the strongest predictor since it was included in all predictive models. Pain intensity was the next best predictor as it was included in two predictive models. Thus, for strength and conditioning professionals who use the deadlift as a rehabilitative exercise for individuals with mechanical low back pain, it is important to ensure that clients have sufficient back extensor strength and endurance and a sufficiently low pain intensity level to benefit from training involving the deadlift exercise.

  • 29.
    Berglund, Lars
    et al.
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Aasa, Björn
    Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University.
    Effects of low-load motor control exercises and a high-load lifting exercise on lumbar multifidus thickness: a randomized controlled trial2017In: Spine, ISSN 0362-2436, E-ISSN 1528-1159, Vol. 42, no 15, p. E876-E882Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    STUDY DESIGN:Randomized controlled trial.

    OBJECTIVE:

    The aim of this study was to compare the effects of low-load motor control (LMC) exercises and a high-load lifting (HLL) exercise, on lumbar multifidus (LM) thickness on either side of the spine and whether the effects were affected by pain intensity or change in pain intensity.

    SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

    There is evidence that patients with low back pain (LBP) may have a decreased size of the LM muscles with an asymmetry between sides in the lower back. It has also been shown that LMC training can affect this asymmetry. It is, however, not known whether a high-load exercise has the same effect.

    METHODS:

    Sixty-five participants diagnosed with nociceptive mechanical LBP were included and randomized into LMC exercises or a HLL exercise, the deadlift. The LM thickness was measured using rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI), at baseline and after a 2-month training period.

    RESULTS:

    There were no differences between interventions regarding effect on LM muscle thickness. However, the analysis showed a significant effect for asymmetry. The thickness of the LM muscle on the small side increased significantly compared with the large side in both intervention groups, without influence of pain at baseline, or change in pain intensity.

    CONCLUSION:

    At baseline, there was a difference in thickness of the LM muscles between sides. It seems that exercises focusing on spinal alignment may increase the thickness of the LM muscles on the small side, irrespective of exercise load. The increase in LM thickness does not appear to be mediated by either current pain intensity or the magnitude of change in pain intensity.

  • 30.
    Berglund, Lars
    et al.
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
    Aasa, Björn
    Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University.
    Sagittal lumbo-pelvic alignment in patients with low back pain and the effects of a high-load lifting exercise and individualized low-load motor control exercises: a randomized controlled trial2018In: The spine journal, ISSN 1529-9430, E-ISSN 1878-1632, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 399-406Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Context

    Assessment of posture and lumbo-pelvic alignment is often a main focus in the classification and treatment of patients with low back pain. However, little is known regarding the effects of motor control interventions on objective measures of lumbo-pelvic alignment.

    Purpose

    The primary aim of this study was to describe the variation of sagittal lumbo-pelvic alignment in patients with nociceptive mechanical low back pain. The secondary aim was to compare the effects of a high-load lifting exercise (HLL) and low-load motor control exercises (LMC) on change in lumbo-pelvic alignment with a special emphasis on patients with high and low degrees of lumbar lordosis (lu) and sacral angle (sa).

    Study Design

    This study is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of HLL and LMC.

    Patient Sample

    Patients from the primary study, i.e. patients categorized with nociceptive mechanical low back pain, who agreed to participate in the radiographic examination were included (n=66).

    Outcome measures

    Lateral plain radiographic images were used to evaluate lumbo-pelvic alignment regarding lumbar lordosis and sacral angle as outcomes with posterior bend as an explanatory variable.

    Methods

    The participants were recruited to the study from two occupational health care facilities. They were randomized to either the HLL or LMC intervention group and offered 12 supervised exercise sessions. Outcome measures were collected at baseline and at the end of intervention period 2 months after baseline.

    Between and within group analyses of intervention groups and sub-groups based on the distribution of the baseline values for lumbar lordosis and sacral angle respectively, (LOW, MID, HIGH), were performed using both parametric and non-parametric statistics.

    This study was supported by two grants from Visare Norr (12000 US dollars) and Norrbotten County Council (13000 US dollars). The supporting organizations were not involved in the collection of data, analysis, interpretation or drafting of the manuscript.

    Results

    The ranges of values for the present sample for lumbar lordosis were 26.9-91.6° (M=59.0°, SD=11.5°) and for sacral angle were 18.2-72.1° (M=42.0°, SD=9.6°). There were no significant differences between the intervention groups in the percent change of either outcome measure. Neither did any outcome change significantly over time within the intervention groups. In the sub-groups, based on the distribution of respective baseline values, LOWlu showed significantly increased lumbar lordosis, whereas HIGHsa, showed significantly decreased sacral angle following intervention.

    Conclusions

    This study describes the wide distribution of values for lumbo-pelvic alignment for patients with nociceptive mechanical low back pain. Further research is needed to investigate sub-groups of other types of low back pain and contrast findings to those presented in this study. Our results also suggest that re-training of lumbo-pelvic alignment could be possible for patients with low back pain.

  • 31.
    Berglund, Lars
    et al.
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Hellqvist, Jonas
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Aasa, Björn
    Norrlandsklinikens hälsocentral, Umeå.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab. peter.michaelson@ltu.se .
    Holmberg, David
    Cederkliniken Primary Health Care Centre.
    Aasa, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
    Which patients with persistent mechanical low back pain will respond to high load motor control training?2011In: Physiotherapy, ISSN 0031-9406, E-ISSN 1873-1465, Vol. 97, no Suppl. 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore variables influencing success or failure of eight weeks of high load motor control training with the conventional deadlift exercise.Relevance: Researching viable exercises for rehabilitation of specific sub-groups of persistent low back pain is relevant for physical therapists in order to develop tailored treatment regimes for patients with persistent low back pain. This study contributes to this research by exploring which variables characterize the ideal patient for the conventional deadlift exercise.Participants: Thirty-five patients with persistent mechanical low back pain were recruited consecutively from two occupational health care services in Umeå, Sweden . Inclusion and exclusion criteria were designed to include patients with persistent mechanical low back pain.Methods: The study design was a prospective cohort study. The intervention consisted of eight weeks of training with the conventional deadlift exercise. To discriminate between patients with a successful or failed outcome of treatment, change in the patient-specific functional scale was used and a cut-off at 50 % improvement was set. Possible predictive variables collected at baseline included physical activity level, pain intensity (Visual Analogue Scale), activity limitation (the Roland and Morris Disability Questionnaire and the Patient-Specific Functional Scale), kinesiophobia (Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia), specific anamnestic questions regarding patients' history and symptoms of low back pain, test of active movement control of the low back, trunk muscle endurance(Prone bridge test, Side-bridge test, Biering-Sörensen test) and lift strength (static two-hand lift test), two-point discrimination of the low back and ultrasound imaging of the mm. multifidi.Analysis: Student´s T-test for normally distributed continuous data, Mann Whitney for non-normally distributed continuous data and chi-square tests or Fisher´s Exact tests for categorical variables were used for analyses of differences between the success and the failure group.Results: No significant differences between groups were found in background, anamnestic or physical performance variables. After eight weeks of training, 15 patients (43 %) were categorized as treatment success and 20 patients (57 %) were categorized as treatment failure according to the cut-off set for the PSFS. The patients reported difficulty in performing a wide variation of activities, ranging from not being able to sit for longer than 15 minutes, to stand upright and watch their children play football games, and to not being able to run long distances, play football or perform different lifting tasks.Conclusions: We conclude that the conventional deadlift exercise may be considered a possible exercise to improve patients' activity limitations, if administered by a therapist experienced in resistance training and analyzing movement patterns. However, further research is needed to explore which variables can define patients in the successful and in the failure group, respectively.Implications: The results of this study imply that the conventional deadlift exercise can be used in treatment of patients with mechanical low back pain in order to increase activity limitation. However, it is still unclear on what grounds treatment with the conventional deadlift exercise is indicated to achieve these results.

  • 32.
    Bergvall-Kåreborn, Birgitta
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Howcroft, Debra
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Ståhlbröst, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Melander-Wikman, Anita
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Participation in living lab: designing systems with users2010In: Human Benefit through the Diffusion of Information Systems Design Science Research: IFIP WG 8.2/8.6 International Working Conference, Perth, Australia, March 30 - April 1, 2010, Proceedings / [ed] Jan Pries-Heje; John J. Veneble; Deborah Bunker; Nancy L. Russo; Janice I. DeGross, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 2010, p. 317-326Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Drawing on a case study of a living lab, this paper considers the process of participation during the design stages of a health care project for the elderly in Sweden. While participation has an established history, more recently it has been described as an "old, tired concept" that is in need of revitalization in order to cater for changing IS practices. In this paper, we reflect on how participation materializes in a context that is quite dissimilar from more traditional development settings and report on the kinds of practices that may be used to assist design with users

  • 33.
    Bergvall-Kåreborn, Birgitta
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Melander-Wikman, Anita
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Eriksson, Carina Ihlström
    Halmstad University.
    Ståhlbröst, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    A Model for Reflective Participatory Design: The Role of Participation, Voice and Space2015In: 21st Americas Conference on Information Systems: AMCIS 2015, Puerto Rico, 13 - 15 August 2015, Americas Conference on Information Systems , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper aims to contribute to the participatory tradition in health informatics by presenting a model for reflective participatory design emerging from qualitative fieldwork in a participatory project aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of older people in the northern periphery regions of Europe, through new mobile services. The model brings together two established processes in novel ways: systems development and user participation. Within each process three concepts are presented to facilitate discussion and reflection at the concept level, the process level and the integrated process level.

  • 34.
    Björkgren, Camilla
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Walles, Stina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Bergshög motivation: Motivationsfaktorer för fysisk aktivitet hos universitetsstuderande2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Det finns många kartlagda hälsoeffekter av fysisk aktivitet, bland annat minskar risken för hjärt- och kärlsjukdomar, högt blodtryck, cancer och metabola sjukdomar. Motivation kan beskrivas genom self-determination theory (SDT) som delar upp motivation i inre och yttre faktorer. En individ rör sig mellan ett kontinuum av motivationsfaktorer. Den inre motivationen är associerad med ett längre bibehållande av en aktivitet. En skillnad i motivationsfaktorer mellan idrottsutövare och motionärer har setts i tidigare studier. Det är intressant ur ett hälsopromotivt perspektiv att kunna identifiera vad som motiverar studenter till fysisk aktivitet. Syfte: Syftet med studien var att beskriva motivationsfaktorer för vardagsmotion respektive bergsbestigning hos studenter. Metod: Kvalitativa semistrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med fyra studenter som bestigit Kebnekaises västra led någon gång de senaste tre åren. Materialet analyserades genom kvalitativ innehållsanalys. Resultat: Materialet från intervjuerna resulterade i fem kategorier: Välbefinnande för hela kroppen, Lust till aktivitet, Vänners uppmuntran, Få en gemensam upplevelse samt Testa sina gränser. Varje kategori representerade en viktig motivationsfaktor. Två av motivationsfaktorerna var gemensamma för såväl vardagsmotion som bergsbestigning. Konklusion: Motivationsfaktorerna skiljde sig åt beroende på aktivitet. Välbefinnande för hela kroppen representerar en motivationsfaktor för vardagsmotion. Motivationsfaktorerna Lust till aktivitet och Vänners uppmuntran var någotsom representerade både vardagsmotion och bergsbestigning. Faktorer som enbart sågs hos bergsbestigning hos informanterna var Få en gemensam upplevelse och Testa sina gränser. Det fanns även skillnad i motivationsfaktorer beroende på erfarenhet; mindre erfarna motiverades av att testa sina gränser och mer erfarna av att dela upplevelsen med andra.

  • 35.
    Björklund, Cecilia
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Erlandsson, Lena-Karin
    Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
    Lilja, Margareta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Temporal Patterns of Daily Occupations Related to Older Adults' Health in Northern Sweden2015In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 127-145Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of temporal patterns of daily occupations that could be related to high and low subjective health among older adults in Northern Sweden. A cross-sectional design imprinted by time-geographic methodology was used and participants 70 years and older were purposively selected and divided into groups of high and low health using the SoC-29 and SF-36 questionnaires. Daily occupations data were registered and analysed using VISUAL Time-PAcTS and related to health conditions using SPSS. The results showed that the participants in the high- and low-health groups showed similar patterns of participation in occupations during the 24-hour sequences describing their daily routines. Some differences in patterns of frequency and duration of occupations were shown between health groups during the 24-hour sequences as well as within six intervals. The low-health group showed higher frequencies and longer durations for “care for oneself” and “reflection and recreation” occupations and lower for “house-keeping” and “procure and prepare food” occupations compared to the high-health groups. There were few significant differences between the high- and low-health groups' mean durations for occupations. The results of this study could contribute to the support and assistance of occupations of older adults in society.

  • 36.
    Björklund, Cecilia
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Lilja, Margareta
    Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute.
    Erlandsson, Lena-Karin
    Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
    Temporal Patterns of Daily Occupations among Older Adults in Northern Sweden2014In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 143-160Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study sought to expand knowledge regarding patterns of daily occupations and, specifically, to explore and describe the daily occupations of Swedish people aged over 70 years by investigating sequences, contexts and time-use. A cross-sectional design with a time-geographic approach was used. Open time diaries from 151 participants were collected and analysed using the software VISUAL-TimePAcTS. The results were illustrated as a routine of six pooled intervals during 24-hour sequences. The intervals comprised different lengths of time and each interval was dominated by different occupations. Night was dominated by ‘care for oneself’; morning by ‘house-keeping’ and ‘reflection and recreation’; lunch-time by care for oneself; afternoon by ‘reflection and recreation’; dinner/tea-time by ‘care for oneself’, and evening by ‘reflection and recreation’. The results were also illustrated as characteristic profiles of occupations visualised by the number of participants in each occupation during 24-hour sequences. Occupations were mainly supported by the home environment. Summed time-use showed the highest proportions in ‘care for oneself’ and ‘reflection and recreation’ occupations. To what extent health and well-being experiences of patterns of daily occupations might be related to challenges and fulfilment of basic occupational needs requires further investigation

  • 37.
    Blomkvist, Anna-Christina
    et al.
    University of Lulea, Department of Human Work Science.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Computer use in cold environments2000In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 239-245Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study addresses computer work in cold environments with the two-fold aim to explore conditions for such work, and to add knowledge about the use of fingers at data entry in the cold. Five workplaces were visited and work contents and use of computers are briefly described. Effects of work in the cold were in line with those mentioned in the literature, and manual lifting of heavy goods the most impairing activity. Subjects contended with strenuous working postures--holding the computers in their hands or arms--and with cold fingers. Individual fingering for data input was noted. Forefinger or a pen were used, and a pen is recommendable for input, either as a touch pen or, simply to press the keys. A supportive rack could be recommended for portable workstations.

  • 38.
    Blomkvist, Anna-Christina
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Datoranvändning i kyla1997Report (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Bredhult, Anna-Katarina
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Landström, Annika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Myhr, Ulla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Windswept hip syndrome: en litteraturstudie2001In: Nordisk fysioterapi, ISSN 1402-3024, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 135-42Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Windswept Hip Syndrome (WHS) is a triad of hip subluxation or dislocation, pelvic obliquity and scoliosis. In cerebral palsy it is one of the most difficult deformities to control and treat and it predispose to poor, unstable sitting. The aim of this study was to describe literature concerning factors which contribute to the development, prevention and management of WHS. Literature based on articles found in Medline, Arbline, Spriline and via references 1983-1999, were used. Several factors contributing to the development of WHS were identified. The dislocated hip was commonly located on the raised side of the pelvis and the convexity of the scoliosis was opposite the raised side of the pelvic obliquity. There were different opinions concerning the temporal relationship between the development of the deformities. Secondary complications to WHS were pain, loss of function, difficulties with hygiene and nursing care. Correct positioning, increased weight-bearing, muscle stretching, strengthening exercises and use of orthosis were considered useful maneuvers in preventing the deformities. Surgery for developed deformities included soft tissue surgery, osteotomy and arthrodesis. The impetus should be to prevent the development of WHS from occuring, in order to avoid serious complications on many levels.

  • 40.
    Buksowicz, Monika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Effekten av högbelastad knäböjs träning vid långvarig flexionsrelaterad ländryggssmärta avseende kontroll av lumbalflexion, smärta och uthållighet i ryggextensorer.2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Inledning: Ländryggssmärta är ett vanligt förekommande tillstånd och vanlig orsak till att vi söker vård. Det finns flera sätt att subgruppera långvarig ländryggssmärta, där förmågan att kontrollera rörelse i olika riktningar anses vara ett sätt att klassificera besvären. I denna studie ingår patienter med långvarig flexionsrelaterad ländryggssmärta av nociceptiv mekanisk karaktär. Idag finns ingen konsensus vilken träningsform som är mest effektiv vid detta tillstånd med en påtaglig brist på studier som utvärderar effekten av belastad motorisk kontroll träning vid långvarig ländryggssmärta.

    Syfte: Syftet med denna studie var att utvärdera effekten av högbelastadknäböjsträning (frontböj) vid långvarig flexionsrelaterad ländryggsmärta avseende kontroll av flexion av ländryggen, smärta, och uthållighet i ryggextensorer.

    Metod: Studien genomfördes med singel subject experimental design. Tre individer deltog i högbelastad knäböjsträning, en motorisk kontroll övning som utförs med skivstång. Interventionen genomfördes med två träningspass i veckan under åtta veckor.

    Resultat: Vid studiens slut hade alla deltagare förbättratsavseende kontroll av lumbal flexion, smärta och uthållighet i ryggextensorer.

    Konklusion: Resultatet visar att högbelastad knäböjsträning med kan användas kliniskt i syfte att förbättra kontrollen av flexion i ländryggen, minska smärta samt öka uthållighet i ryggextensorer hos individer med långvarig flexionsrelaterad ländryggssmärta av nociceptiv mekanisk karaktär.

  • 41.
    Bykachev, Kirsi
    et al.
    University of Eastern Finland.
    Tossavainen, Kerttu
    University of Eastern Finland.
    Kumpulainen, Kirsti
    University of Eastern Finland.
    Kostenius, Catrine
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Lindgren, Eva
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Wilson, Philip
    University of Aberdeen.
    Bjørvig, Siri
    University Hospital of North Norway.
    Borgen, Morten
    University Hospital of North Norway.
    Multi-professional collaboration and consultation: Improving child and adolescent psychiatry with eHealth2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Bykachev, Kirsi
    et al.
    University of Eastern Finland.
    Tossavainen, Kerttu
    University of Eastern Finland.
    Kumpulainen, Kirsti
    University of Eastern Finland.
    Wilson, Philip
    University of Aberdeen.
    Kostenius, Catrine
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Lindgren, Eva
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Bjørvig, Siri
    University Hospital of North Norway.
    Borgen, Morten
    University Hospital of North Norway.
    Improving psychiatry services for children and adolescents with eHealth in peripheral areas2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Calner, Tommy
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Persistent musculoskeletal pain: A web-based activity programme for behaviour change, does it work? Expectations and experiences of the physiotherapy treatment process2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis concerned persons with persistent musculoskeletal pain in primary health care and had three aims. The first aim was to evaluate the effects of a web-based programme for behaviour change. The second aim was to create and evaluate a multimodal intervention. The third aim was to explore and describe expectations andexperiences of the physiotherapy treatment process.

    In Study I, we evaluated the effects of a web-based activity programme for behaviour change added to multidisciplinary rehabilitation (MDR) in primary health care. Ninety-nine participants were randomized to 1) MDR with an additional web-based programme, and 2) MDR. Outcome measures were work ability, pain intensity, pain-relate disability and health-related quality of life. There were no significant effects of the web-based programme for any outcome measure at 4 or 12 months. In conclusion, this study provides no support for adding a self-guided web-based programme to MDR in primary health care.

    In Study II, we evaluated first the web-based programme from Study I compared to the waiting list. Effect measures were workability, pain intensity, disability and self-efficacy. Thereafter, we evaluated the effects and process of a novel multimodal intervention consisting of the web-based programme with additional individual counselling, and individually tailored physiotherapy treatment. Ten participants were included in the study. Effects were evaluated using a Single Subject Experimental Design (SSED) and the process was evaluated by interviews with the participants and log data of usage of the modalities. There were no conclusive effects of the self-managed web-based programme as compared to the waiting list. The SSED analyses of the multimodal intervention showed promising short-term results regarding disability and pain intensity, but no conclusive results for work ability or self-efficacy. The multi-modal intervention process seemed successfully implemented, and the importance of physiotherapy and, to some extent counselling, was emphasized by the participants. In conclusion, the newly designed multimodal intervention in primary health care seemed feasible and showed some promising short-term effects, while the implementation of a self-managed web-based programme as a single intervention seemed without effect.

    In Study III, qualitative interviews were conducted with ten participants to explore their expectations of physiotherapy. Data were analysed with qualitative content analysis and the findings described a multi-faceted picture of the participants’ expectations, encompassing several aspects regarding the treatment process and outcome. Regarding the treatment process, participants expected a good dialogue, to be confirmed as individuals, and to get an explanation for their pain. The participants expected tailored training with frequent follow-ups and their expectations of outcome ranged from hope of the best possible results to being realistic or resigned.

    In Study IV, qualitative interviews were conducted with 11 participants to explore their experiences in physiotherapy treatment. Data were analysed with qualitative content analysis. The findings show how the participants described how they used knowledge, awareness, movements and exercises learned from the physiotherapy treatment to develop strategies to manage pain and the process of acceptance. There were experiences involving the importance of establishing an alliance with the physiotherapist, based on trust and with a continuous dialogue. When exercises, activities and other treatment modalities were individualized, participants were actively involved in the process. This was rewarding but was also considered an effort and a challenge. The physiotherapist’s initiatives and actions were considered important for incentive and support.

    In conclusion, we found no effects of the web-based activity programme on behaviour change for persons with persistent musculoskeletal pain. The newly designed multi-modal intervention in primary health care seemed feasible and showed some promising short-term effects. Expectations of physiotherapy treatment were multi-faceted, encompassing both process and outcome. After finishing physiotherapy, the participants described how they used knowledge, awareness, movements and exercises learned from the physiotherapy treatment to develop strategies to manage pain and the process of acceptance. The importance of alliance and incentives for activities throughout the physiotherapy treatment process were also described.

  • 44.
    Calner, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Isaksson, Gunilla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Experiences of physiotherapy treatment of persons with persistent musculoskeletal painManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to explore and describe experiences of physiotherapy treatment of people with persistent musculoskeletal pain. Eleven participants with persistent musculoskeletal pain from the back, neck, or shoulders were included in the study. Data were collected by interviews using a semi-structured interview guide and were analysed with qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in one main category “Towards acceptance and management of pain” which was formulated and built up by the four categories “Establishing and maintaining alliance”, “Being active, taking initiative and facing challenge”, “Appreciating guidance, incentive and a sounding board” and “Acquired knowledge and developed awareness”. The main category and the categories describe how the participants used knowledge, awareness, movements and exercises learned from the physiotherapy treatment to develop strategies to manage pain and the process of acceptance. A trustful alliance with the physiotherapist and a continuous dialogue was important. The participants were actively involved in the process when exercises, activities and other treatment modalities were individualized. This was rewarding but also an effort and a challenge. The physiotherapist’s initiatives and actions were considered important as incentive and support.

  • 45.
    Calner, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Isaksson, Gunilla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    I know what I want but I’m not sure how to get it: expectations of physiotherapy treatment of persons with persistent pain2017In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 198-205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Expectations of physiotherapy treatment of patients with persistent pain have been shown to influence treatment outcome and patient satisfaction, yet this is mostly explored and described in retrospective. The aim of the study was to explore and describe the expectations people with persistent pain have prior to physiotherapy treatment. Ten participants with persistent musculoskeletal pain from the back, neck, or shoulders were included in the study. Data were collected by interviews using a semi-structured interview guide and were analyzed with qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in one main category: “The multifaceted picture of expectations” and four categories: 1) Standing in the doorway: curious and uncertain; 2) Looking for respect, confirmation and knowledge; 3) Expecting treatment, regular training, and follow up; and 4) Having dreams, being realistic, or feeling resigned. The main category and the categories describe a multifaceted picture of the participants’ expectations, gradually developed and eventually encompassing several aspects: good dialog and communication, the need to be confirmed as individuals, and getting an explanation for the pain. The results also show that the participants expected tailored training with frequent follow-ups and their expectations of outcome ranged from hope of the best possible results to realistic or resigned regarding pain relief and activity levels.

  • 46.
    Calner, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Isaksson, Gunilla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    “I know what I want but I’m not sure how to get it”: Expectations of physiotherapy treatment of persons with persistent pain2016In: Manual Therapy, ISSN 1356-689X, E-ISSN 1532-2769, Vol. 25, p. e142-e143Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Calner, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Nordin, Catharina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Eriksson, Margareta K.
    Department of Public Health, Norrbotten County Council, Luleå.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Effects of a self-guided, web-based activity programme for patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain in primary healthcare: A randomized controlled trial2017In: European Journal of Pain, ISSN 1090-3801, E-ISSN 1532-2149, Vol. 21, no 6, p. 1110-1120Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUNDWeb-based interventions for pain management are increasingly used with possible benefits, but never used in addition to multimodal rehabilitation (MMR). MMR is recommended treatment for persistent pain in Sweden. The aim was to evaluate the effects of a self-guided, web-based programme added to MMR for work ability, pain, disability and health-related quality of life.METHODSWe included 99 participants with persistent musculoskeletal pain in a randomized study with two intervention arms: (1) MMR and web-based intervention, and (2) MMR. Data was collected at baseline, 4 and 12 months. Outcome measures were work ability, working percentage, average pain intensity, pain-related disability, and health-related quality of life.RESULTSThere were no significant effects of adding the web-based intervention to MMR regarding any of the outcome variables.CONCLUSIONSThis trial provides no support for adding a self-guided, web-based activity programme to MMR for patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain.SIGNIFICANCEThe comprehensive self-guided, web-based programme for activity, Web-BCPA, added to multimodal treatment in primary health care had no effect on work ability, pain, disability or health-related quality of life. Future web-based interventions should be tailored to patients' individual needs and expectations

  • 48.
    Calner, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Nordin, Catharina
    Department of Primary health care, Norrbotten County Council .
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Michaelson, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Physiotherapy in combination with personalized counseling and a web-based programme for persistent pain: an early stage evaluationManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective

    We evaluated first a self-managed web-based programme for activity compared to waiting list for persons with persistent musculoskeletal pain suited for primary health care. Thereafter, we evaluated the effects and process of a novel multimodal treatment intervention combining the web programme with counselling and physiotherapy. 

     

    Design

    A weekly comparison of measures of outcome data between those using the self-managed web-based programme to those on a waiting list. After that a Single Subject Experimental Design (SSED) evaluation of the multimodal intervention, structured interviews and log data.

     

    Setting

    Clinical setting in primary health care.

     

    Subjects

    Ten participants with persistent musculoskeletal pain.

     

    Intervention

    First, only a self-managed web-based programme for activity. Thereafter a multimodal intervention combining the web programme with counselling and physiotherapy.

     

    Main measures

    Effect measures were work ability, pain intensity, disability and self-efficacy. Process evaluation by interviews of the participants and log data of usage of the modalities.

     

    Results

    There were no conclusive effects of the self-managed web-based programme as compared to waiting list. The SSED analyses of the multi-modal showed promising short-term results regarding disability and pain intensity, but no conclusive results for work ability or self-efficacy. The multimodal intervention process seemed successfully implemented, and the importance of physiotherapy and to some extent counselling was emphasized by the participants.

     

    Conclusion

    For persons with persistent musculoskeletal pain, the newly designed multimodal intervention in primary care seemed feasible and showed some promising short-terms effects, while the implementation of a self-managed web-based programme as a single intervention seemed without effect. 

  • 49.
    Carabante, Jenni Riekkola
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Rutberg, Stina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Lilja, Margareta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Isaksson, Gunilla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Spousal caregivers' experiences of participation in everyday life when using respite care2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Carlsson, Katarina
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
    Önsten, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
    Knäfunktion efter ACL-rekonstruktion: En litteraturöversikt2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Introduktion: Det finns en outtalad självklarhet att operation skulle vara en överlägsenbehandlingsmetod jämfört med enbart rehabilitering vid korsbandsskador. Det senaste årethar dock en långtidsuppföljning av Frobell et al(2015) visat att operation vid främrekorsbandsskada inte gav ett överlägset rehabiliteringsresultat jämfört med konservativbehandling. Operation medför en ökad risk för artros och dessutom en ökad vårdkostnad. Syfte: Med denna litteraturöversikt undersöka hur patientens knäfunktion förändras efterrekonstruktion av ACL för att se om detta går i linje med Frobell et al (2015) resultat. Metod: Sökning gjordes i PubMed, AMED, SveMed+, SportDiscus, Scopus och Web ofScience. Mesh-termer som användes var ”anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction” AND”rehabilitation”, avgränsat till RCT-studier. Resultat: 20 studier inkluderades. Det sammanlagda resultatet visade att patientens subjektivt upplevda funktion samt objektivtuppmätta funktion förbättrades av operationen. Konklusion: Resultatet i denna översiktvisar på att operation förbättrar knäfunktionen vid ACL-skada, fler studier krävs för attundersöka verkningsmekanismer bakom förbättringen och optimering avbehandlingsmetod.

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