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Date of Award

5-2008

Degree Type

Capstone Project (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

First Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT

Abstract

Clinical Bottom Line: For patients with hemiplegia secondary to stroke, visual biofeedback during balance training combined with traditional physical therapy does not improve functional mobility more than traditional physical therapy and balance training without visual feedback.

Clinical Question: Does balance training using visual biofeedback lead to an increase in functional mobility for patients with hemiplegia secondary to stroke compared with traditional physical therapy?

Clinical Scenario: One of the largest areas of deficit seen in patients with hemiplegia secondary to stroke is a loss in functional mobility (American Stroke Association). There is currently a wide variety of treatment techniques aimed at improving functional mobility, including the use of visual biofeedback. We have not had answered to our satisfaction whether or not visual biofeedback is evidence-based and considered effective based on the current research.

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