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Listing of articles in 2008 -> May/June.
Editorial: So Where Is the Evidence?
Elaine Tilka Miller, DNS RN CRRN FAHA FAAN Editor
In practice, we as nurses are constantly confronted by the question: Where is the evidence to support patient care decisions? As caregivers, we want to have access to the best possible evidence. Although meta-analyses or systematic reviews of randomiz...

The Effect of Strength Training on Functional Fitness in Older Patients with Chronic Lung Disease Enrolled in Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CE)
Jeffrey L. Alexander, PhD Wayne T. Phillips, PhD FACSM Carolyn L. Wagner, BSN BS RN
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a strength training enhanced program and a traditional pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program on functional fitness (FF) in older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary dis...

The Impact of Child Disability Type on the Family (CE)
Linda L. Eddy, PhD RN CPNP Joyce M. Engel, PhD OT FAOTA
The purpose of this study is to better understand the differential impact of specific diagnoses on outcomes in families with children who have physical disabilities and to suggest ways in which clinicians across disciplines can use th...

An Analysis of Falls Occurring in Patients with Stroke on an Acute Rehabilitation Unit
Meheroz H. Rabadi, MD MRCPI Freny M. Rabadi, BS (Hons) Margaret Peterson, PhD
Falls are a common occurrence in stroke patients admitted to a rehabilitation unit. This study evaluates the effect of current fall risk screening and prevention strategies on the number of falls in stroke patients admitted to an acut...

Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy in Adults and Guideline for Clinical Nursing Care
Rozina Bhimani, MSN RN FNP
Advancements in healthcare technology for patients with spasticity are promising. Nurses are expected to be well-versed in the use of technology to provide individualized and safe care. The focus of this article is on the current nurs...

Factors Associated with Changing Cognitive Function in Older Adults: Implications for Nursing Rehabilitation (CE)
Jamie S. Myers, MN RN AOCN
This article reviews the significant effects of aging on cognitive function. As people age, brain tissue volume decreases, white matter hyperintensities increase, and associated deficits are seen in working memory, attention, and exec...

Using the Omaha System to Examine Outpatient Rehabilitation Problems, Interventions, and Outcomes Between Clients With and Without Cognitive Impairment
A retrospective cohort design was used to examine whether the Omaha System was useful in documenting differences in outpatient rehabilitation problems, interventions, and outcomes between clients with cognitive impairment and those wi...