Time spent Sitting

August 2016: English et al (2016) Sitting time and physical activity after stroke: physical ability is only part of the story. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 23(1), 36-42 10.1179/1945511915Y.0000000009

OK, so what seemed like a good idea at the time, may not have been such a good idea! How oft’ is that the case? I was going to work through a series of consequences after stroke, but, when I did the maths, (which is probably what I should have done at the start,) I realise that, using my proposed plan, I would only get through four consequences a year. Considering how many there are after stroke, this was looking more and more like a 5-year plan!! I have to confess that my concentration span doesn’t reach that far!

So, back to one of my “soap-box” topics and an article first-authored by a friend and colleague, who, incidentally, is offering the Evidence Research Demystified in November 2016, Dr Coralie English. This month’s journal is all about what might, or might not contribute to the amount of hours people with stroke, spend sitting. As the authors hypothesized, you would think that level of disability, particularly physical disability, may be the main contributing factor. But what was interesting was that despite the various analyses they undertook, it only ever contributed to up to 30% of the variance. So, that leaves us with an really interesting question: what contributes to the other 2/3rds of variance?

As usual, you’ll find the abstract and “humble opinion” under Journal Club 2016. Only the abstract is freely available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1945511915Y.0000000009