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1. Citation: Stewart, K. C., Cauraugh, J. H., & Summers, J. J. (2006). Bilateral movement training and stroke rehabilitation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 244(1-2), 89-95.
Keywords: bilateral, meta-analysis, Fugl-Meyer test, fail-safe analysis, box and block test
Abstract: Background: Bilateral movement training is a prominent strategy for post-stroke rehabilitation and recovery. There is a need to aggregate the evidence on bilateral movement training to inform health and therapy decision-making.

Objectives: To conduct a systematic review to determine the effectiveness of rehabilitating with bilateral movements.

Search strategy: The researchers identified studies by searching research articles, book chapters, and two electronic databases: PubMed (from 1966 to 2005) and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (1st and 2nd quarter 2005).

Selection criteria:
The following selection criteria were used: (1) upper extremity stroke hemiparesis; (2) bilateral movement training as a treatment group, and; (3) functional analysis of the arm/hand.

Data collection and analysis: Two reviewers independently assessed the abstracts. The Jadad scale was used to assess the methodological quality of each study.

Main results:
Eleven studies met the eligibility and inclusion requirements. The authors’ report that bilateral movement training is an effective rehabilitation strategy for improving motor skills post-stroke.

Authors’ conclusion: The systematic review confirms the beneficial effects of bilateral movements alone or in combination with auxiliary sensory feedback for effective stroke rehabilitation during the sub-acute and chronic phases of recovery.
Full-Text Availability Options:The publisher of this journal charges a fee.
Link to Full Text:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022510X06000104
Record Updated:2016-08-04
 

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