Trends in post-stroke functional independence over a 5-year period: A pilot study

Jennifer H White, Michael Pollack, Balakrishnan R Nair, Catherine D’Este

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The aim of this pilot study was to identify trends in functional independence over time in communitydwelling stroke survivors. This community-based, follow-up study examined 75 community-dwelling, ischaemic stroke survivors in Newcastle, Australia. Post-stroke functioning was assessed using the Modified Rankin Scale (MRS) in stroke sub-type categories using the Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Classification.

Ischaemic stroke survivors who were discharged with a dependent level of functioning after firstever stroke were shown to have a 54% chance of achieving independence if they survived up to 5 years in the community. Survivors with lacunar infarction and posterior circulation infarction stroke sub-types were the most likely to achieve independence.

Findings suggest that it is possible to regain independence after stroke, even when discharged from an acute or inpatient rehabilitation setting at a dependent level of function. Future research using a larger sample is recommended to confirm these findings and explore factors that help maintain or regain independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-407
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Outcomes
  • Recovery
  • Stroke

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