Katherine Harman

Katherine Harman
Dalhousie University | Dal · School of Physiotherapy

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Background: This paper arises from a larger study exploring early professional socialization across five professions: physiotherapy, nursing; dentistry; pharmacy; and medicine. Purpose: To explore the process of physiotherapy student professional identity development and the evolution of expectations and views of interprofessional practice in the f...
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The original article unfortunately contains error in footnote 2 due to its double entry and interchanged figures 1 and 2.
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We propose a new conceptualization of pain by incorporating advancements made by phenomenologists and cognitive scientists. The biomedical understanding of pain is problematic as it inaccurately endorses a linear relationship between noxious stimuli and pain, and is often dualist or reductionist. From a Cartesian dualist perspective, pain occurs in...
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BACKGROUND: Indigenous youth have higher rates of chronic health conditions interfering with healthy development, including high rates of ear, dental, chest and musculoskeletal pain, as well as headache, arthritis and mental health issues. This study explores differences in pain-related diagnoses in First Nations and non-First Nations children. MET...
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Introduction:. Indigenous children and youth may be quiet about the way they express their pain and hurt which is in contrast to how health professionals are trained to assess it. Objectives:. The aim was to understand how youth from 4 First Nation communities express pain using narratives and art-based methods to inform culturally appropriate asse...
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Objectives: This study aimed to assess chiropractors' awareness of clinical practice guidelines for low back pain and to identify barriers and facilitators to the screening and management of psychosocial factors in patients with low back pain. Methods: This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews informed by the Theoretical Domains Fra...
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Aim: To inform future research and exercise prescription for patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP), this study explored chiropractors’ and chiropractic patients’ experiences and beliefs regarding the barriers and facilitators to prescribed exercise adherence. Methods: A focused ethnographic approach was used involving 16 semi-structured inte...
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This commentary explores the importance of considering the biopsychosocial model and contextual factors when prescribing exercise. Diverse exercise programs for patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) produce similar outcomes, without one specific exercise protocol demonstrating clear superiority. One clear barrier to positive outcomes is poor e...
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Background: Musculoskeletal injuries stemming from forceful muscular contractions during seizures have been documented in the literature. Reports of multiple seizure-induced spinal fractures, in the absence of external trauma and without risk factors for fracture, are rare. Case Presentation: A 28-year-old male, newly diagnosed with epilepsy, prese...
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ABSTRACT Whereas some individuals use active coping strategies and are able to adaptively cope with their pain, others use passive strategies and catastrophic appraisals, which are often associated with increased displays of pain behavior and negative pain-related outcomes. To investigate attribution-based implicit theories as a potential underlyin...
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Purpose: There are reports of increased use of a variety of behaviour change techniques (BCT) by physiotherapists and findings of beneficial effects of use. However, there is a lack of physiotherapy-specific definitions of these techniques, as well as a sense of how physiotherapists use them in practice. Through this study, the authors created and...
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Purpose: To describe the approach used by a physiotherapist who led a rehabilitation programme for injured members of the military with chronic low back pain designed to enhance self-efficacy and self-management skills. Method: This in-depth qualitative study used audio- and video-recorded data from interviews and field observations. Using an in...
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There is a high prevalence of sleep disturbance with people experiencing chronic pain. Although multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programs address many contributing factors for chronic pain, the impact of insomnia on clients is not often measured. Two studies were used to: first explore the experience of insomnia in a group of clients with chronic...
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Purpose: To explore, through focus-group interviews, client education provided by physiotherapists in private practice who treat injured workers with subacute low back pain (SA-LBP).Methods: Six focus-group interviews were held in the fall of 2006 to explore treatment practices of physiotherapists for this population. Each of the 44 physiotherapist...
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To describe barriers to charting identified by physiotherapists working in private practice in New Brunswick. Physiotherapists were invited to focus-group interviews to discuss the results of a comprehensive chart audit. Sixty-nine physiotherapists who responded were assigned to nine focus groups. Seven of nine audiotaped interviews (49 participant...
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Our purpose was to explore and describe physiotherapists' informed consent practices in the treatment of clients with low back pain. Forty-four physiotherapists were assigned to six focus group interviews. Focus group interaction elicits insights that are less accessible in individual interviews and which can be corroborated immediately through inb...
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Humans are designed to move. Our movements are facilitated via a healthy musculoskeletal (MSK) system. When the MSK system is in dysfunction, restoring movement is a primary rehabilitation goal-a goal that is generally achieved through the prescription of therapeutic exercise. The American Physical Therapy Association (2001) defi nes therapeutic ex...
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To describe current physiotherapy practice for injured workers with subacute low back pain (SA-LBP). A chart audit of discharged workers was conducted over three episodes of care: 4-6 weeks (T1), 6-8 weeks (T2), and 8-10 weeks (T3) post-injury. The prevalence and reproducibility of parameters for common interventions were calculated as the percenta...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects a large portion of the population. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a light source that generates extremely pure light, of a single wavelength. The effect is not thermal, but rather related to photochemical reactions in the cells. LLLT was introduced as an alternative non-invasive treatment for OA about 30 years ago, bu...
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Forward head posture (FHP) is most often described as excessive anterior positioning of the head in relation to a vertical reference line, involving increased cervical spine lordosis (head forward, middle cervical spine extended, lower cervical spine flexed) and rounded shoulders with thoracic kyphosis. Although exercise is routinely used to improv...
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A large percentage of employees experience persistent pain while at work. This situation can become costly to employers with large amounts of lost production-time, absenteeism, and long-term disability. The link or transition between working through (ignoring) pain and disabling pain is unknown. This paper presents the results of a controlled study...
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects a large proportion of the population. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) was introduced as an alternative non-invasive treatment for RA about ten years ago. LLLT is a light source that generates extremely pure light, of a single wavelength. The effect is not thermal, but rather related to photochemical reactions in the...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects a large proportion of the population. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a light source that generates extremely pure light, of a single wavelength. The effect is not thermal, but rather related to photochemical reactions in the cells. LLLT was introduced as an alternative non-invasive treatment for OA about 20 years ago,...
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To study the nature of sleep disturbance in depressed and nondepressed patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP). A controlled, consecutive 4-night polysomnographic study. Participants were screened (psychologic, psychiatric, and physical) to determine their study group, and 21 participants (CLBP: 4 depressed, 6 nondepressed and 11 controls) were...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affect a large proportion of the population. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) was introduced as an alternative noninvasive treatment for RA and OA about 10 years ago, but its effectiveness is still controversial. We assessed the effectiveness of LLLT in the treatment of RA and OA. A systematic review...
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects a large proportion of the population. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) was introduced as an alternative non-invasive treatment for RA about 10 years ago. LLLT is a light source that generates extremely pure light, of a single wavelength. The effect is not thermal, but rather related to photochemical reactions in the...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects a large proportion of the population. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a light source that generates extremely pure light, of a single wavelength. The effect is not thermal, but rather related to photochemical reactions in the cells. LLLT was introduced as an alternative non-invasive treatment for OA about 10 years ago,...
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Alpha activity occurring during sleep is generally considered to reflect arousal processes and a shift toward wakefulness. This long-standing interpretation is based on physiological and behavioural arousal correlates of alpha activity presumed to have an occipital focus. In addition to the application of this interpretation to sleep/wake state det...
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Rat sciatic nerves were bilaterally transected and repaired with an entubulation technique. The nerve interstump gap was filled with either collagen gel or collagen gel mixed with a putative neurotrophic factor (leupeptin, 4-aminopyridine, lipid angiogenic factor or glia maturation factor beta (GMF-beta]. Six weeks after nerve transection, the myel...
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A quick and accurate computer-assisted method of quantifying the number of myelinated axons in normal and experimental or regenerated peripheral nerve cross-sections is described. Using an IBM-PC, quantitation software and a light microscope with a camera lucida attachment, the number of axons in a sciatic nerve can be calculated in fifteen minutes...