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Multiple sclerosis and mobility-related assistive technology: systematic review of literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20665347     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes a wide variety of neurological deficits, with ambulatory impairment the most obvious cause of disability. Within 10 to 15 years of disease onset, 80% of persons with MS experience gait problems due to muscle weakness or spasticity, fatigue, and loss of balance. To facilitate mobility, persons with MS frequently use mobility assistive technology (MAT), such as canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. We systematically reviewed the published literature on MAT use among persons with MS. We used electronic reference lists such as Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed to search the literature. We located 50 articles that met the initial criteria of providing good evidence of the types of MAT devices and their benefits for individuals with MS. A limited number of articles with higher levels of evidence was found regarding benefits of MAT use specifically for persons with MS. Evidence-based literature provides the basis for the strongest method of measurable clinical performance; therefore, having a strong research study design is vital to the justification of MAT prescription and reimbursement decisions. However, a paucity of studies with higher levels of evidence-based practice exists.
Ana Souza; Annmarie Kelleher; Rosemarie Cooper; Rory A Cooper; Lisa I Iezzoni; Diane M Collins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation research and development     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1938-1352     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-28     Completed Date:  2010-11-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410047     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  213-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Disabled Persons / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Multiple Sclerosis / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Quality of Life
Self-Help Devices* / classification,  psychology,  trends
Technology, Medical / standards,  trends

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