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Q Does overnight splinting of the wrist prevent contracture after stroke? Is splinting in an extended position more effective than splinting in a neutral position?
randomised controlled trial.
blinded (outcome assessor).
Follow up period:
9 inpatient rehabilitation and stroke units in Sydney, Australia.
63 patients ⩾18 years of age (mean age 71 y, 52% women) who had had a stroke in the previous 8 weeks (mean 4 wks), no active wrist extension, and sufficient cognitive and hearing function to participate in the trial.
neutral splint (0–10° extension) (n = 21), extension splint (comfortable end of range position [>45°] …
For correspondence: Dr N A Lannin, Royal Rehabilitation Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Source of funding: no external funding.