alexa Effectiveness of the Interdisciplinary Ambulatory Rehabilitation Program in Persons with Spina Bifida
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Effectiveness of the Interdisciplinary Ambulatory Rehabilitation Program in Persons with Spina Bifida

Fary Khan1-3* and Bhasker Amatya1

1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

2Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

3School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Corresponding Author:
Fary Khan
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Royal Melbourne Hospital 34-54 Poplar Road
Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
Tel: +61 3 83872146
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Received date: September 20, 2015; Accepted date: September 23, 2015; Published date: September 30, 2015

Citation: Khan F, Amatya B (2015) Effectiveness of the Interdisciplinary Ambulatory Rehabilitation Program in Persons with Spina Bifida. Primary Health Care 5:215. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000215

Copyright: © 2015 Khan F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Abstract This randomised controlled trial assessed the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary (ID) ambulatory rehabilitation program for persons with Spina Bifida (pwSB) in an Australian community cohort. Fifty-four participants were randomized to a treatment group for high intensity (ID) rehabilitation program (with cognitive-behaviour therapy), or a control group comprising usual care (n=27 participants in each group). Assessments were conducted at baseline, and 3-months post-intervention, using validated outcome measures. The findings suggest that, participants in the intervention group at 3-months, significantly improved for primary and secondary outcomes: urinary/bowel dysfunction, cognitive functions, and quality of life. Targeted rehabilitation can improve clinical outcomes in pwSB. Further research is needed for longer-term outcomes related to ‘aging’ and participation restriction.

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