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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1999 Apr;80(4):442-7.

Achievement of simple mobility milestones after stroke.

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Department of Physiotherapy, Royal Victoria Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To observe the mobility outcomes of an inpatient population of stroke patients grouped according to the Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project classification.

STUDY DESIGN:

"Mobility milestones," standardized measures of functional movement, were used to examine mobility recovery.

PARTICIPANTS:

Two hundred thirty-eight stroke patients admitted to the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Times taken to achieve four mobility milestones: 1-minute sitting balance, 10-second standing balance, a 10-step walk, and a 10-meter walk.

RESULTS:

For all subjects the median times to achieve the milestones were as follows: 1-minute sitting balance, day of stroke; 10-second standing balance, 3 days; 10-step walk, 6 days; and a 10-meter walk, 9 days. Subjects sustaining a partial anterior circulation infarct, lacunar infarct, or posterior circulation infarct achieved the mobility milestones most rapidly and generally had a shorter hospital stay.

CONCLUSIONS:

A hierarchical pattern of recovery of mobility reflecting variation between subgroups was observed. Predicted timescales for recovery of mobility are suggested.

PMID:
10206608
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