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Function and quality of life following stroke rehabilitation: have our stroke patients gained optimum recovery?

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Journal
BMC Public Health
1471-2458
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Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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Volume
12
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DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-s2-a7
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Function and quality of life following stroke rehabilitation: have our stroke patients gained optimum recovery? MEETING ABSTRACT Open Access Function and quality of life following stroke rehabilitation: have our stroke patients gained optimum recovery? Nor Azlin Mohd Nordin1,2*, Noor Azah Aziz3, Saperi Sulong4, Syed Mohamed Aljunid2 From 6th Postgraduate Forum on Health Systems and Policies Melaka, Malaysia. 21-22 May 2012 Background There is limited research data on post-rehabilitation function and quality of life despite the increasing role of rehabilitation in the care of stroke patients in Malaysia. Outcome data is important in evaluating the effective- ness of stroke rehabilitation services in the country. Aims The aim of this study was to assess function and quality of life in stroke patients following intensive rehabilita- tion at a tertiary hospital. Materials and methods This was a cross-sectional study of 91 stroke patients; mean age 58.9±10.6 years, 79% male, median stroke duration 13 months who have completed intensive indi- vidual rehabilitation at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre in the years 2010 and 2011. Rehabilitation outcome was measured with the use of standardised tools; Rivermead Mobility Scale (RMI), Berg’s Balance Scale (BBS), Sit to Stand Test (STS) for lower limb strength and Timed 10 metre walk test for walking speed. Post-rehabilitation disability level and quality of life were also assessed on a Modified Rankin Scale (mRS) and Euro-Qol 5 Dimensions-Visual analogue Scale (EQ5D-VAS), respectively. All data were analysed descriptively using SPSS version 18. Results The median duration of rehabilitation was 10.5 months (range 5-25) in the study patients and post-rehabilitation mean mRS was 2.3±0.7. The median RMI was 13 (range 6-15), median BBS 51 (range 20-56) and median STS 15.5 secs (range 7.9-83.9 secs). The EQ5D-VAS mean score was 71.5±17 and mean walking speed at the com- pletion of intensive rehabilitation was 49.4±28.3 m/m

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