Journal article

One-Quarter of People Leave Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation with Physical Capacity for Community Ambulation

Jannette Maree Blennerhassett, Cristina Emma Levy, Alexandra Mackintosh, Alyssa Yong, Jennifer L McGinley

JOURNAL OF STROKE & CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ability to walk in the community is important for independence and participation in life roles, but is difficult for many people following stroke. The purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of people with stroke with the physical capacity to be independent community ambulators at discharge from a publicly funded inpatient rehabilitation setting. METHOD: Consecutive medical records were audited to collate walking outcome at discharge, and to clarify if people with stroke had potential to walk independently in the community as defined by 4 criteria: independence with stairs; ability to traverse slopes and inclines; walking speed of .8m/s or more; and walk..

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