Dependence in Prestroke Mobility Predicts Adverse Outcomes Among Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke

Dallas M, Rone-Adams S, Echternach J, Brass L, Bravata D

This study primarily aimed to explore the link between pre-stroke levels of mobility and specific post-stroke outcomes. Associations between pre-stroke mobility impairment and plans for physiotherapy were also studied. The method used to explore these issues was secondary data analysis from results of the National Stroke Project.

Results highlighted a strong association between dependence pre-stroke and adverse outcomes. The authors concluded that this demonstrates the importance of screening for pre-stroke mobility in order to identify patients at greatest risk of adverse events.

Stroke 2008, 39, 2298-2303

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