Saturday, 3 August 2013


Nicely reported comparative evaluation

I have been fishing for Abstracts in the World Congress bran tub:

There are some jolly, interesting things to be found there. From time to time I shall be mentioning some of these that catch my fancy.

A good find

Here is a nice one that I spotted at my first glance through. Why? Because it looks like a conference paper, terse, intelligible and following the required conventions, saying what needs to be said in clear, formal language – and whetting the appetite for what one might learn from going to listen on the day or from reading the full text when it is made available.

It is called 'Rehabilitation as a learning process' and is written by conductor Jenő Lökkös who works at the Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung, Nürnberg e.V :

(click on title of paper to open full Abstract)

A comparative study

This is a straightforward comparison between two groups of adults attending a rehabilitation centre in Budapest – 

One group took part in structured programmes that included activities of daily living lead by conductors. The second group received rehabilitation without any conductive involvement.

Two conventional rehabilitation scales were used to measure outcome, the Barthel Index and the FIM Scale, the latter proving effective in distinguishing group outcomes. The author concludes –

The results of our study suggest that conductors, and a conductive programme, may make a valuable contribution to the hospital rehabilitation of post-stroke patients within the context of the rehabilitation team.

A conductive education group, using an holistic approach to development, and the effectiveness of the rehabilitation team, promotes the development of social skills areas in post-stroke patients.

A fair enough conclusion within the range of what the data as so far stated permit.

Learning more

Like the Abstracts to conference presentations should this one offers a good introduction to a piece of thought-out work. From reading the Abstract I know what was done and something of what was found, sufficient to make me want to go along to the actual presentation, or read the complete paper, to find the actual figures that might permit me to judge for myself the validity of the author's conclusion. Perhaps there might even be time for a question.

As an evaluation this one is replicable (as scientific research is supposed to be) and, if only there were yet such a thing, it would contribute to a critical literature on the use of these two scales in context of Conductive Education – now there's a simple challenge for someone to meet: 'doing research' also means researching research, and joining the dots...

Hoping for...

Necessarily, especially given the brief presentation time permitted, the summary Abstract has to chose what it includes. Something important that I should hope to get from the actual presentation is some indication that there exists something on the lines of a 'treatment manual', to elaborate what the following two criteria mean in replicable practice:
  • 'included activities of daily living that were lead by conductors'
  • 'rehabilitation without any conductive involvement'.
And, as I have noticed elsewhere in these Abstracts, I would have appreciated some contextualising references. Again, however, maybe on the day....

And already as a bonus

One final thing, important in any conference presentation never mind the specific subject of the study reported: it also sent my mind spinning, in this case into the wider question of measurement of effects by what look like psychometric scales. That, however, is another story... Later, perhaps.

Site navigation

As expected the Abstracts pages on the Congress website do turn out to be rather more navigable with familiarity. Finding what you want, however, is still not always self-evident.

This particular paper is appropriately situated in the academic programme, third of three in a short session called 'Evaluation of effectiveness' Phew, three presentations in 45 minutes:

The Abstracts remain in their raw form, as inputted.

The presentation under consideration here is published solely in English (i.e. with no German translation). Click on the presentation's title on this page for the whole Abstract to scroll down:

I was pleased to see that this presentation does not clash with anything else that I particularly want to see. This can be checked by reference to the summary programme:

As optimists often say about Birmingham: 'It'll be nice when it's finished'.


Lökkös, J. (2013) Rehabilitation as a learning process, 8th World Conductive Education Congress, Draft Abstracts, July

* In Britain: a lucky dip in which the hidden items are buried in bran. In German: Kleie Wanne

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