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Wieczorowska-Tobis K.,Poznan University of Medical Sciences | Talarska D.,Poznan University of Medical Sciences | Kropinska S.,Poznan University of Medical Sciences | Jaracz K.,Poznan University of Medical Sciences | And 6 more authors.
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics | Year: 2016

Objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate the Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly questionnaire (CANE) in assessing the needs of elderly individuals living in long-term care institutions (LTCI) in Poland. Setting and Participants: The needs of 173 residents were assessed. The inclusion criteria were age (at least 75 years of age) and the lack of severe cognitive impairment (Mini Mental Scale Examination score of at least 15 points). Measurements: In all participants, met and unmet needs were assessed by themselves and by the nursing staff involved in care activities. Results: The number of met needs assessed by the staff was higher than in the users' opinions (. p<. 0.0001), whereas the number of unmet needs was lower (. p<. 0.001). However, the average percentage of the agreement between the user and the staff was as high as 86.2%. The areas characterized by the lowest agreement were Company (65.3%), Memory (75.7%), Eyesight/hearing/communication (70.5%) and Psychological distress (70.5%). Conclusions: Despite a high percentage of agreement reached between the staff and user assessments of needs in our study, we were able to identify the areas of discrepancies between these two perceptions of needs. These can be treated as signals pointing to those aspects of care that should be addressed. © 2015 The Authors. Source


Dobosz K.,Silesian University of Technology | Dobosz M.,Upper Silesian Rehabilitation Center Repty | Fiolka T.,Silesian University of Technology | Wojaczek M.,Silesian University of Technology | Depta T.,Silesian University of Technology
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

The aim of this study was the analysis of existing sets of rehabilitation exercises for possible adapting them to mobile devices (tablets). We analyzed more than 300 different memory tasks presented on the pages of workbooks. Numerous tasks were classified to different categories because of the type of content and cognitive functions trained. For each type there was assigned a certain number of specific tasks. In each type the feasibility of adaptation for tablets (full, partial, impossible) and complexity of interaction (entering characters, indication, drag&drop) were evaluated. That is a big help for many older people (most of the patients in the Rehabilitation Center), because they have problems entering text with the virtual keyboard displayed on the screen. © 2014 Springer International Publishing. Source


Jurkojc J.,Silesian University of Technology | Michnik R.,Silesian University of Technology | Guzik-Kopyto A.,Silesian University of Technology | Gzik M.,Silesian University of Technology | Rycerski W.,Upper Silesian Rehabilitation Center Repty
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2012

The article concerns research into gait kinematics of people after stroke. The comparative analyses of angle courses and gait parameters were carried out. Results obtained for people with left and right sided paresis were compared with each other. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source


Kasperczyk S.,Medical University of Silesia, Katowice | Dobrakowski M.,Medical University of Silesia, Katowice | Kasperczyk A.,Medical University of Silesia, Katowice | Boron M.,Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health | And 2 more authors.
Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health | Year: 2016

To investigate whether α-tocopherol supplementation in workers exposed to lead would reduce the oxidative stress intensity and decrease homocysteine level, the examined population was randomly divided into two groups. Workers in the first group (n = 49, reference group) were not administered any drugs. Workers in the second group (n = 34) were administered orally α-tocopherol, 200 mg per day for 12 weeks. The level of α-tocopherol significantly increased compared to the baseline and the reference group. The level of thiol groups significantly increased compared to the reference group. However, the levels of malondialdehyde and homocysteine did not significantly change. Animal studies suggest the ability of α-tocopherol administration to reverse adverse health effects of lead exposure, such as oxidative stress; however, the results of this study on humans do not confirm these protective effects. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Source


Dobosz K.,Silesian University of Technology | Dobosz M.,Upper Silesian Rehabilitation Center Repty | Depta T.,Silesian University of Technology | Fiolka T.,Silesian University of Technology | Wojaczek M.,Silesian University of Technology
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

Sifteo Cubes is an interactive tactile entertainment solution with own unique control interface gestures. The aim of the study was the use of games for wireless cubes in the rehabilitation of people with cognitive impairment staying in the neurology department of the hospital. Most of the exercises provided by physiotherapists can be classified into specific groups of tasks using the same way to resolve. During the analysis of sets of exercises, the following main categories of tasks are proposed: anagrams, memory games, and reflex games. As a part of a pilot program of introduction wireless cubes to the rehabilitation of people with brain injuries, three sample games, one from each category were developed. © 2014 Springer International Publishing. Source

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