Ability for Basic Movement as an Early Predictor of Functioning Related to Activities of Daily Living in Stroke Patients

Keiji Hashimoto, Kenji Higuchi, Yasuhide Nakayama, Masahiro Abo.

Early functional outcomes for activities of daily living at an early stage after a stroke may enable clinicians to establish treatment-optimal training and goals. The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between the ability to perform basic movements at the bedside, which were measured using a new scale, the Ability for Basic Movement Scale, in the early stage after stroke and functional ability at discharge from the hospital. A total of 142 stroke patients participated in this prospective study. The results of linear stepwise regression analysis indicated that "turn over from supine position," "remain sitting," and "sit up" of the Ability for Basic Movement Scale at 10 days after onset, in addition to age at onset of stroke, the baseline Barthel Index, and the baseline Brunnstrom stage, were significant predictors (75.6%) of functional ability at discharge. This study provides evidence for the predictive value of the Ability for Basic Movement Scale with regard to functional ability in stroke patients.

Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2007, 21(4), 353-357

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