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Effect of Task Related Exercise on Arm and Hand Function among Patients with Stroke

Publisher : Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development

Campus : Kochi

School : College of Nursing

Year : 2019

Abstract : BackgroundStroke is a chronic neurologic disorder that often results in severe functional impairments. The functional capacity of the upper extremity is largely affected causing residual impairments in the post stroke patients. Task specific training improves functional outcomes after stroke.PurposeThe main purpose of the study to compare the arm and hand function before and after task related exercises among experimental and control group of patients with stroke.MethodA quasi experimental study was conducted on the effect of task related exercises on arm and hand function among patients with stroke in selected wards, AIMS hospital, Kochi. The study was done on 60 subjects, 30 each to experimental and control group scheduling task related exercise for a 2 weeks period for 20 minutes two times a day. Purposive sampling was done and matching of the two groups was done based on pretest scores. A standardized Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory (CAHAI-7) tool was used for the assessment.ResultsThe study results showed that the mean pretest score of arm and hand function in both experimental and control group was 24.07, while mean post test score of control group was 26.33 and of experimental group was 30.93. A significant improvement in the post test scores after providing task related exercises was noted (t=8.34, p=<0.001) A significant association between time of arrival of hospital after the onset of symptoms and arm and hand function was noted (F =8.68, p<0.05).ConclusionThe study concluded that the task related exercises are effective in improving arm and hand function in post stroke patients.

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