Optimizing Terminology for Stroke Motor Rehabilitation: Recommendations From the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Movement Interventions Subcommittee
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As knowledge and interest in stroke motor rehabilitation continue to increase, consistent terminologies that are specific to this discipline must be established. Such language is critical to effective rehabilitative team communication, and is important to facilitating communication among the diverse groups interested in the science and practice of stroke motor rehabilitation. The purpose of this article is to provide operational definitions for 3 concepts that are common-and commonly mislabeled-attributes of stroke motor rehabilitation interventions: intensity, duration, and frequency. In developing these guidelines, conceptual frameworks used in the pharmaceutical, exercise, and rehabilitative therapy realms were used. Implications of these definitions for research and clinical practice are also discussed.
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