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Republished research: Effects of circuit training as alternative to usual physiotherapy after stroke: randomised controlled trial
  1. Ingrid G L van de Port1,
  2. Lotte E G Wevers1,
  3. Eline Lindeman1,
  4. Gert Kwakkel1,2
  1. 1Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience and Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht and Rehabilitation Centre De Hoogstraat, Utrecht Rembrandtkade 10, 3583 TM Utrecht, Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Research Institute MOVE, VU University Medical Centre, De Boelelaan 1117, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to: G Kwakkel; g.kwakkel{at}

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▸ This article is an abridged version of a paper that was published on Cite this article as: BMJ 2012;344:e2672


Study question What is the effect of task oriented circuit training compared with usual physiotherapy in terms of self reported walking competency for patients with stroke discharged from a rehabilitation centre to their own home?

Summary answer Task oriented circuit training started in the first six months is as effective as individually tailored physiotherapy for patients with moderate to mild stroke and allows patients to exercise more intensively with a lower ratio of staff to patients.

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