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Physiotherapy and cueing in the RESCUE trial

Physiotherapists used cues to help train and improve walking and walking-related mobility.

Each person worked with a physiotherapist over a 3 week period. Nine sessions of physiotherapy, each lasting approximately 30 minutes, were given in the home environment.

External cues and attentional strategies were used as part of the therapy. Cues were incorporated into the physiotherapy treatment, which focussed on everyday activities so that people practised the very activities they were experiencing difficulties with. Cues were used to facilitate those activities. Also specific exercises were given, so that repeated practise was used to train activities and improve walking performance.

Physiotherapy treatment guidelines were written to ensure that treatment was given in a standardised fashion across all centres in the trial. The guidelines will be published so that professionals can use the treatment approach. In addition, patient self-help leaflets have been written and are available on the website.

Following evidence generated from the clinical trial the prototype cueing device will undergo further development led by Northumbria University. News of this development will be highlighted on the website.


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