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Longer term rehabilitation for patients following stroke: A literature review

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McIntyre, Melanie and Mitchell, Liz (2009) Longer term rehabilitation for patients following stroke: A literature review. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 5 (1). pp. 34-38. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Stroke remains the main cause of severe disability in the UK with approximately one third of stroke survivors functionally dependent at 1 year after a stroke. Early access to cognitive and physical rehabilitation therapy after stroke is considered to be a hallmark of effective stroke services but evidence is also emerging to support longer term rehabilitation for these patients. This paper explores the evidence base for cognitive and physical rehabilitation therapy for patients 6 months or later after stroke. Intensively applied interventions appear to mediate more positive and sustained outcomes. Group interventions can be an efficient way to maximize intensity. All professions have a responsibility to ensure that practice is evidence based. In light of a paucity of quality research in rehabilitation interventions, it is incumbent on health professionals, service users and researchers to work together to study longer term rehabilitation in a more rigorous manner.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:stroke rehabilitation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:10950
Deposited By:Ms Liz Laird
Deposited On:02 Feb 2010 11:15
Last Modified:16 Oct 2012 16:45

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