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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2007|