Thirty young stroke patients were retrospectively assessed for levels of activities of daily living and of basic functional movements. Scores upon admission, discharge, and follow-up were compared in order to evaluate course of rehabilitation and functional outcome. Mean length of stay in the rehabilitation ward was 87 ± 17 days, and duration of follow-up was 31 ± 8 months. Multivariate analysis of covariance confirmed significant improvements during hospitalization, in transfer, standing, sitting and walking abilities (F = 3.5, p < 0.02), as well as in activities of daily living (F = 4.7, p < 0.01). Further improvement during the follow-up period was observed for standing and walking abilities (F = 10.2, p < 0.001) only. No fatalities occurred among the patients during the study period. Eighty-one percent of the patients resumed their previous or other jobs six months after discharge. We conclude that for young stroke patients admitted to a rehabilitation ward shortly after the event, prognosis in terms of survival and functional outcome is favorable, and independent of precipitating factor, age, sex, or side of weakness.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Sep 1992|