Single-case design evaluation of compression therapy for edema of the stroke-affected hand

Gustafsson, Louise, Walter, Alexandra, Bower, Kylie, Slaughter, Adrienne and Hoyle, Melanie (2014) Single-case design evaluation of compression therapy for edema of the stroke-affected hand. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 2: 203-211. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009423

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Author Gustafsson, Louise
Walter, Alexandra
Bower, Kylie
Slaughter, Adrienne
Hoyle, Melanie
Title Single-case design evaluation of compression therapy for edema of the stroke-affected hand
Journal name American Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-9490
Publication date 2014-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5014/ajot.2014.009423
Volume 68
Issue 2
Start page 203
End page 211
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bethesda, MD, United States
Publisher American Occupational Therapy Association
Language eng
Subject 3609 Occupational Therapy
Formatted abstract
OBJECTIVE. To explore the efficacy of low- and high-stretch compression bandaging for edema management in the stroke-affected upper limb.

METHOD. A single-case, ABA-design study was conducted with 8 participants alternately allocated to receive low- or high-stretch bandaging. Edema was measured with circumferential tape at four specified points from the hand to the mid-forearm. All measurements were represented graphically for visual analysis, and celeration lines were calculated to indicate the degree of slope in each phase.

RESULTS. Visual analysis indicated fluctuating edema volume in the first baseline phase, decreasing edema volume in the intervention phase, and increasing edema volume in the second baseline phase. The results did not clearly distinguish between the two bandaging groups.

Compression bandaging may have benefits in the management of edema after stroke. Further research is required to identify factors contributing to the long-term maintenance of reductions gained after compression bandaging.
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Additional Notes Pubished March/April 2014.

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