Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Long-Lasting Effects of a New Memory Self-efficacy Training for Stroke Patients

What will your doctor change in your memory stroke protocol after this?  Emails for your doctor to use.
Does she even have a protocol for memory?
  1. Laurien Aben, MSc1,2
  2. Majanka H. Heijenbrok-Kal, PhD1,2
  3. Rudolf W. H. M. Ponds, PhD3,4
  4. Jan J. V. Busschbach, PhD1
  5. Gerard M. Ribbers, MD, PhD1,2
  1. 1Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2Rijndam Rehabilitation Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  3. 3Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands
  4. 4Adelante Rehabilitation Centre, Hoensbroek, Netherlands
  1. Laurien Aben, MSc, Rotterdam Neurorehabilitation Research (RoNeRes), Rijndam Rehabilitation Center, PO Box 23181, 3001 KD, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Email:


Background and purpose. This study aims to determine the long-term effects of a new Memory Self-efficacy (MSE) training program for stroke patients on MSE, depression, and quality of life. Methods. In a randomized controlled trial, patients were allocated to a MSE training or a peer support group. Outcome measures were MSE, depression, and quality of life, measured with the Metamemory-In-Adulthood questionnaire, Center for Epidemiological Studies–Depression Scale (CES-D), and the Who-Qol Bref questionnaire, respectively. We used linear mixed models to compare the outcomes of both groups immediately after training, after 6 months, and after 12 months, adjusted for baseline. Results. In total, 153 former inpatients from 2 rehabilitation centers were randomized—77 to the experimental and 76 to the control group. MSE increased significantly more in the experimental group and remained significantly higher than in the control group after 6 and 12 months (B = 0.42; P = .010). Psychological quality of life also increased more in the experimental group but not significantly (B = 0.09; P = .077). However, in the younger subgroup of patients (<65 years old), psychological quality of life significantly improved in the experimental group compared to the control group and remained significantly higher over time (B = 0.14; P = .030). Other outcome measures were not significantly different between both groups. Conclusions. An MSE training program improved MSE and psychological quality of life in stroke patients aged <65 years. These effects persisted during 12 months of follow-up.

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