The Effect Of Continuum Approach Therapy On Functional Ability In Patients With Brachial Plexus Injury


Galang Aji Samudera

Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret

ABSTRACT

Background: Traumatic brachial plexus injuries (TBPI) tend to occur in young, otherwise healthy and active individuals. While brachial plexus injuries themselves are not fatal, they can cause disability and can be very difficult to reverse. In addition to motor and sensory deficits, they may also cause pain and functional limitations. Effects of continuum of care interventions were expected to maintain functional ability in patients with brachial plexus injury. This study objective was to examine the effect of continuum approach therapy on functional ability in patients with brachial plexus injury.

Subjects and Method: This was a quasy experiment with no control group. A sample of 15 patients with brachial plexus injury was selected for this study by purposive sampling. The dependent variable was functional ability. The independent variable was continuum approach therapy. Functional ability was measured by functional indepen­dence measurement (FIM). Mean difference of functional ability before and after intervention was examined using paired t-test.

Results: Mean of functional ability after continuum approach therapy in patients with brachial plexus injury (Mean= 120.8; SD= 1.56) was sligthly higher than before (Mean= 120.4; SD= 1.59) and it was statistically significant (p= 0.009).

Conclusion: Continuum approach therapy can be used to improve functional ability in patients with brachial plexus injury.

Keyword: continuum approach therapy, functional ability, brachial plexus injury

Correspondence: Galang Aji Samudera. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: ghalangsamudera@gmail.com. Mobile: 087836783209

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/AB.Epidemiology.ICPH.08.2021.15

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