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Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health

Section edited by J. Bart Staal

This section concerns all aspects of physical therapies and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders. This section also considers studies concerning work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupation health.

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  1. Recovery trajectories support early identification of delayed recovery and can inform personalized management or phenotyping of risk profiles in patients. The objective of this study was to investigate the tra...

    Authors: Joshua Y. Lee, David M. Walton, Paul Tremblay, Curtis May, Wanda Millard, James M. Elliott and Joy C. MacDermid

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:615

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  2. Work problems are common in people with inflammatory arthritis. Up to 50% stop work within 10 years due to their condition and up to 67% report presenteeism (i.e. reduced work productivity), even amongst those...

    Authors: Alison Hammond, Chris Sutton, Sarah Cotterill, Sarah Woodbridge, Rachel O’Brien, Kate Radford, Denise Forshaw, Suzanne Verstappen, Cheryl Jones, Antonia Marsden, Martin Eden, Yeliz Prior, June Culley, Paula Holland, Karen Walker-Bone, Yvonne Hough…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:607

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  3. The presence of muscular deficiency seems to be a major cause of back pain that requires counteractions. Considering that the autochthonous back muscles, responsible for straightening and stabilizing the spine...

    Authors: Christian Pfeifle, Melanie Edel, Stefan Schleifenbaum, Andreas Kühnapfel and Christoph-Eckhard Heyde

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:597

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  4. Empirical evidence that demonstrates the relationship between pelvic asymmetry and non-specific chronic low back pain (NCLBP) is currently lacking.

    Authors: Qiuhua Yu, Huanjie Huang, Zhou Zhang, Xiaoqian Hu, Wenfeng Li, Le Li, Min Chen, Zhenwen Liang, Wai Leung Ambrose Lo and Chuhuai Wang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:596

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  5. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of global disability resulting in significant morbidity and cost to the healthcare system. Current guidelines recommend lifestyle changes such exercises and weight loss as fir...

    Authors: Bryan Yijia Tan, Benjamin Tze Keong Ding, Michelle Jessica Pereira, Soren Thorgaard Skou, Julian Thumboo and Josip Car

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:592

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The impact of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms (WMSS) permeates various occupations.

    Authors: Chinenye Doris Oluka, Esther Obidike, Antoninus Obinna Ezeukwu, Ogochukwu Kelechi Onyeso and Echezona Nelson Dominic Ekechukwu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:587

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  7. Patellofemoral pain is a prevalent condition in the general population, especially in women, and produces functional impairment in patients. Therapeutic exercise is considered an essential part of the conserva...

    Authors: Angel Yañez-Álvarez, Beatriz Bermúdez-Pulgarín, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez and Manuel Albornoz-Cabello

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:582

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  8. Pressure biofeedback unit (PBU) is a widely used non-invasive device to assist core muscle training by providing pressure feedback. The aim this study was to compare the muscle activities of transverse abdomin...

    Authors: Xin Li, Wai Leung Ambrose Lo, Song-wei Lu, Howe Liu, Ke-yu Lin, Jian-yang Lai, Le Li and Chu-huai Wang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:569

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  9. Osteoarthritis (OA) disproportionately impacts African Americans compared to Caucasians, including greater pain severity. The Pain Coping Skills Training for African Americans with Osteoarthritis (STAART) study e...

    Authors: Chamara J. Dharmasri, Ida Griesemer, Liubov Arbeeva, Lisa C. Campbell, Crystal W. Cené, Francis J. Keefe, Eugene Z. Oddone, Tamara J. Somers and Kelli D. Allen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:545

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  10. Physiotherapy is a proven effective treatment strategy after total knee and hip arthroplasty (TKA/THA), however there is considerable practice variation regarding its timing, content and duration. This study a...

    Authors: Lichelle Groot, Maaike G.J. Gademan, Wilfred F. Peter, Wilbert B. van den Hout, Hennie Verburg, Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland and Max Reijman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:544

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Headache is a common and costly health problem. Although the pathogenesis of headache is heterogeneous, reported contributing factors are dysfunctions of the upper cervical spine. The flexion rotation test (FR...

    Authors: Kerstin Luedtke, Thomas Schoettker-Königer, Toby Hall, Christine Enns, Maike Grassold, Petra Hasselhoff-Styhler, Christian Neulinger, Max Obrocki, Philipp Przyhoda and Axel Schäfer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:535

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  12. Although the regression of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation (SLDH) has been widely reported, little data exist regarding the generalized incidence of regression (IR). We aimed to review the varying IRs and t...

    Authors: Yi Wang, Guogang Dai, Ling Jiang and Shichuan Liao

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:530

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  13. Sustaining injury is a common consequence of playing sport. At least one in every three recreational athletes with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction do not return to their preinjury sport followi...

    Authors: Clare L. Ardern and Joanna Kvist

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:523

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  14. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a global problem that causes significant pain and physical dysfunction, substantially impacting on quality of life and imposing enormous cost to the healthcare system. Exercise is p...

    Authors: Rana S. Hinman, Alexander J. Kimp, Penny K. Campbell, Trevor Russell, Nadine E. Foster, Jessica Kasza, Anthony Harris and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:522

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  15. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) affects mostly older adults and its primary risk factor is obesity. This study sought to understand weight-control strategies, facilitators of and barriers toward weight control in old...

    Authors: Wen-Ling Yeh, Yun-Fang Tsai, Kuo-Yao Hsu, Dave Weichih Chen, Jong-Shyan Wang and Ching-Yen Chen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:504

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  16. The Valued Life Activities Scale (VLAs) measures difficulty in daily activities and social participation. With various versions involving a different number of items, we have linguistically and culturally adop...

    Authors: Y. Prior, A. Tennant, S. Tyson and A. Hammond

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:505

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  17. Little research exists on the effectiveness of motivational interviewing (MI) on return to work (RTW) in workers on long term sick leave. The objectives of this study protocol is to describe a randomized contr...

    Authors: Britt Elin Øiestad, Fiona Aanesen, Ida Løchting, Kjersti Storheim, Alexander Tingulstad, Tarjei L. Rysstad, Milada C. Småstuen, Anne Therese Tveter, Gail Sowden, Gwenllian Wynne-Jones, Egil A. Fors, Maurits van Tulder, Rigmor C. Berg, Nadine E. Foster and Margreth Grotle

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:496

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  18. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common pediatric spinal deformity with reported complications including pain, mental health concern and respiratory dysfunction. The scoliosis-specific exercis...

    Authors: Yunli Fan, Qing Ren, Michael Kai Tsun To and Jason Pui Yin Cheung

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:495

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  19. Clinicians and patients lack an evidence-based framework by which to judge individual-level recovery following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery, thus impeding personalized treatment approaches for this el...

    Authors: Andrew J. Kittelson, Jordi Elings, Kathryn Colborn, Thomas J. Hoogeboom, Jesse C. Christensen, Nico L. U. van Meeteren, Stef van Buuren and Jennifer E. Stevens-lapsley

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:482

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  20. Low back pain (LBP) is the second highest cause of health burden in China. Delayed recovery, poor clinical outcomes and persistence of LBP are associated with negative pain beliefs about LBP. Chinese philosoph...

    Authors: YiJun Li, Michel W. Coppieters, Jenny Setchell, Paul W. Hodges and Gwendolyne G. M. Scholten-Peeters

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:476

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  21. Exercise is recommended for individuals with vertebral fractures, but few studies have investigated the effect of exercise on outcomes of importance for this population. Post-intervention effects of exercise a...

    Authors: Brita Stanghelle, Hege Bentzen, Lora Giangregorio, Are Hugo Pripp, Dawn A. Skelton and Astrid Bergland

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:471

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  22. The aim of this study was to investigate the content validity including item reduction, construct validity and internal consistency of the existing 16-item Knee Osteoarthritis Patient Education Questionnaire. ...

    Authors: Erika O. Huber, Axel Boger, André Meichtry and Caroline H. Bastiaenen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:468

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  23. To aid design of exercise trials for people with pelvic and lower limb fragility fractures a systematic review was conducted to identify what types of exercise interventions and mobility outcomes have been ass...

    Authors: David J. Keene, Colin Forde, Thavapriya Sugavanam, Mark A. Williams and Sarah E. Lamb

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:435

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  24. Design modifications in prostheses may cause alterations in gait kinematics, thus influencing functional restoration of knees after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The aim of the study was to investigate the di...

    Authors: Mengyuan Li, Guangtao Fu, Wenhan Huang, Bofu Lin, Ruiying Zhang, Yu Zhang, Yuanchen Ma and Qiujian Zheng

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:434

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  25. Regular exercise is vital for overall health, and key to the maintenance of joint health. However, whilst people are encouraged to participate in sport and exercise, many are unaware that they could be at risk...

    Authors: Ross Watkins, Georgina Young, Max Western, Keith Stokes and Carly McKay

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:419

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  26. It is still controversial whether the combination of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and extra-articular reconstruction (EAR) have good clinical efficacy. This meta-analysis aims systematically...

    Authors: Xiangyun Cheng, Fanxiao Liu, Dongsheng Zhou and Alexander C. Paulus

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:414

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  27. Chronic musculoskeletal pain is one of the main causes of years lived with disability and generates the highest cost of health care among chronic pain conditions. Internet-based treatments have been shown to b...

    Authors: Iuri Fioratti, Bruno T. Saragiotto, Felipe J. J. Reis, Gisela C. Miyamoto, Hopin Lee, Tiê P. Yamato, Junior V. Fandim, Blake Dear, Chris G. Maher and Leonardo O. P. Costa

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:404

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  28. Non-specific neck pain and headache are major economic and individual burden in office-workers. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of a multi-component intervention combining workstation ergono...

    Authors: Andrea M Aegerter, Manja Deforth, Venerina Johnston, Markus J Ernst, Thomas Volken, Hannu Luomajoki, Beatrice Brunner, Julia Dratva, Gisela Sjøgaard, Achim Elfering and Markus Melloh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:391

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:488

  29. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between self-reported work ability and hours worked at the current time in Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders (UEMSD) patients. To further investigat...

    Authors: A. van Schaaijk, K. Nieuwenhuijsen and M. H. W. Frings-Dresen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:389

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  30. Self-efficacy is considered a core component in self-management. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the association between self-efficacy and health-related outcomes in osteoarthritis. The aim of this...

    Authors: Åsa Degerstedt, Hassan Alinaghizadeh, Carina A. Thorstensson and Christina B. Olsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:380

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  31. A significant proportion of patients experiences poor response (i.e. no or little improvement) after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) because of osteoarthritis. It is difficult to quantify the proportion of patie...

    Authors: Malou E. M. te Molder, José M. H. Smolders, Petra J. C. Heesterbeek and Cornelia H. M. van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:378

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  32. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the primary cause of disability worldwide and a major societal burden. Recent qualitative research found that although a patient’s work is considered important, physical th...

    Authors: Nathan Hutting, Wiebke Oswald, Maria W.G. Nijhuis - van der Sanden, Monique Filart, Tamara Raaijmakers, Hendrik J. Bieleman, J. Bart Staal and Yvonne F. Heerkens

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:360

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  33. The Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire (QuickDASH) and the Patient-Specific Functional Scale (PSFS) are commonly used outcome instruments for measuring self-reported disability in p...

    Authors: Tarjei Rysstad, Margreth Grotle, Lars Petter Klokk and Anne Therese Tveter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:328

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  34. Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of sickness absence and disability pension in Norway. There is strong evidence that long-term sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders are associated wi...

    Authors: Anne Therese Tveter, Britt Elin Øiestad, Tarjei Langseth Rysstad, Fiona Aanesen, Alexander Tingulstad, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen and Margreth Grotle

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:326

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  35. The aims of this study were to adapt the Identification of Functional Ankle Instability (IdFAI) questionnaire into a simplified Chinese version and to assess its reliability, validity, and responsiveness in Ch...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Jun Sheng, Yinchao Tang, Qingyun Xie, Meng Wei, Zhiqiang Li and Wei Zheng

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:325

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  36. Hand rehabilitation needs valid evaluation tools; the 400-point Hand Assessment (HA) is an exhaustive but not standardised tool. The aim of this study was to validate a standardised version of this test.

    Authors: Michel Konzelmann, Cyrille Burrus, Colette Gable, François Luthi and Jean Paysant

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:313

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  37. To obtain information on feasibility and acceptability, as well as preliminary data on efficacy, of an Osteoarthritis Physical activity Care Pathway (OA-PCP).

    Authors: Kelli Allen, Maihan B. Vu, Leigh F. Callahan, Rebecca J. Cleveland, Abigail L. Gilbert, Yvonne M. Golightly, Ida Griesemer, Kimberlea Grimm, Derek P. Hales, David G. Hu, Katie Huffman, Amanda E. Nelson, Ami Pathak, Jennifer Rees, Zachary D. Rethorn and Anne E. Wandishin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:308

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  38. The high numbers of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) among soldiers in the Swedish Armed Forces has led to the implementation of an effective prevention program, the musculoskeletal screening protocol (MSP), in...

    Authors: Matthias Tegern, Ulrika Aasa, Björn O. Äng and Helena Larsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:303

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  39. This study aimed to adapt the Exercise Adherence Rating Scale (EARS) into Brazilian Portuguese and evaluate its measurement properties, given as reliability, validity, and responsiveness in patients with non-s...

    Authors: Mariana Romano de Lira, Anamaria Siriani de Oliveira, Roberta Aniceto França, Ana Claudia Pereira, Emma L. Godfrey and Thais Cristina Chaves

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:294

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  40. Low back pain is a prevalent condition that causes a substantial health burden. Despite intensive and expensive clinical efforts, its prevalence is growing. Nonpharmacologic treatments are effective at improvi...

    Authors: Richard L. Skolasky, Stephen T. Wegener, Rachel V. Aaron, Patti Ephraim, Gerard Brennan, Tom Greene, Elizabeth Lane, Kate Minick, Adam W. Hanley, Eric L. Garland and Julie M. Fritz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:293

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  41. Osteoarthritis knee (OA) for patients whom had varus malalignment had higher peak adductor moment. Hip abductor strength played an important role in the decreasement of knee adduction moment. This study aimed ...

    Authors: Varah Yuenyongviwat, Siwakorn Duangmanee, Khanin Iamthanaporn, Pakjai Tuntarattanapong and Theerawit Hongnaparak

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:284

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  42. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between psychological characteristics and physical activity levels, measured as the average number of steps per day, in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

    Authors: Daisuke Uritani, Jessica Kasza, Penny K. Campbell, Ben Metcalf and Thorlene Egerton

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:269

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  43. To investigate the development of pain intensity and pressure pain thresholds during and 24 h after a light dynamic physical load among patients with chronic neck-shoulder pain.

    Authors: A. Grimby-Ekman, C. Ahlstrand, B. Gerdle, B. Larsson and H. Sandén

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:266

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  44. Patient education, advice on returning to normal activities and (home-based) exercise therapy are established treatment options for patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP). However, the effectiveness of...

    Authors: Tjarco Koppenaal, Remco M. Arensman, Johanna M. van Dongen, Raymond W. J. G. Ostelo, Cindy Veenhof, Corelien J. J. Kloek and Martijn F. Pisters

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:265

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  45. It is not yet clear which of the various electrophysical modalities used in clinical practice is the one that contributes most positively when added to an exercise program in patients with knee osteoarthritis ...

    Authors: Cid André Fidelis de Paula Gomes, Fabiano Politti, Cheila de Souza Bacelar Pereira, Aron Charles Barbosa da Silva, Almir Vieira Dibai-Filho, Adriano Rodrigues de Oliveira and Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:258

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  46. Studies have reported the subtypes of individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA) attempting to cluster this heterogonous condition. Activity limitations are commonly used to set goals in knee OA management and ...

    Authors: Mantana Vongsirinavarat, Patcharin Nilmart, Sirikarn Somprasong and Benjawan Apinonkul

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:237

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  47. To address the well-documented gap between hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment recommendations and current clinical practice, a structured model for integrated OA care was developed and evaluated in a s...

    Authors: Tuva Moseng, Hanne Dagfinrud, Leti van Bodegom-Vos, Krysia Dziedzic, Kåre Birger Hagen, Bård Natvig, Jan Harald Røtterud, Thea Vliet Vlieland and Nina Østerås

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:236

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