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||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.
||bilateral, meta-analysis, Fugl-Meyer test, fail-safe analysis, box and block test
||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.
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