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Therapeutic intervention for patients with vestibular disorders: Patients' perceptions of short-term treatment effects

1 May 1990


This study investigated the efficacy of intervention for patients with vestibular disorders, focusing on patients' perceptions. Patients' perceptions were measured immediately following therapy and one month post-therapy. Data were collected using three questionnaires: an initial questionnaire and a one month follow-up questionnaire completed by the patient. and a questionnaire completed by the physical therapist. Questions were designed to determine the patients' perceived levels of activity and symptoms as well as their impressions of therapy efficacy. Patient responses were then categorized into the three groups: total activity score, total symptom score, and impression of therapy score. Scores were calculated for both initial and follow-up questionnaires. These categories were then compared and correlated using matched -t tests and Pearson's product-moment correlation coefficients. This study found that activity level was maintained from time of treatment discharge to time of follow-up. The results of this study suggested that 1) a strong negative relationship existed between activity level and total symptom level; and 2) a moderate relationship existed between the change in exercise performed and change in symptom level. In addition, open-ended questions revealed that overall, patients were very positive about the rehabilitation program.


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