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The Effects of Task-Oriented Exercise Program on Balance Ability in Patients with Acute Stroke
J Kor Phys Ther 2018;30(4):112-116
Published online August 31, 2018;  https://doi.org/10.18857/jkpt.2018.30.4.112
© 2018 The Korea Society of Physical Therapy.

Tae-Woo Kang1, Beom-Ryong Kim2

1Department of Physical Therapy, Wonkwang University Hospital, Iksan; 2Department of Physical Therapy, Design Hospital, Jeonju, Korea
Beom-Ryong Kim
E-mail kimbr21@hanmail.net
Received July 12, 2018; Revised August 3, 2018; Accepted August 20, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distribute under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/license/by-nc/4.0.) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution,and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Purpose: This study aimed to identify the effects of a task-oriented exercise program on balance in patients with acute stroke.
Methods: Twenty participants with hemiparesis resulting from acute stroke volunteered to participate in this study. They were randomly assigned to either the experimental or control group, with 10 patients per group. Both groups underwent a task-oriented exercise program averaging 30 minutes daily for 4 weeks. Balance was assessed before and after the 4-week training period. Before and after the intervention, we conducted a paired t-test to compare the within-group changes and an independent t-test to compare the between-group differences. The statistical significance level was set at p=0.05 for all the variables.
Results: Both groups showed significant within-group and between-group changes in balance (p<0.05) after the intervention.
Conclusion: This study provides valuable information for future studies in this field. Further research using a larger sample and longer experiment spans can corroborate the results of our study.
Keywords : Balance ability, Stroke, Task-oriented exercise


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