Journal article

When should physical rehabilitation commence after stroke: a systematic review

Elizabeth Lynch, Susan Hillier, Dominique Cadilhac

International Journal of Stroke | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Knowing when to commence physical rehabilitation after stroke is important to ensure optimal benefit for stroke survivors and efficient health care. The aims of this review were to: determine the effects on mortality, function and complications when physical rehabilitation commences 'early' (within seven days of stroke); and describe the effects of early transfer to rehabilitation wards/hospitals when sustained rehabilitation is unavailable in acute stroke units. REVIEW SUMMARY: From 3751 potential articles we included 5 randomized controlled trials and 38 cohort studies. Meta-analysis was performed with 3 randomized controlled trials involving 159 people to investigate the effec..

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