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Post-stroke rehabilitation

S Whitehead, E Baalbergen


This article offers insight into post-stroke rehabilitation. Stroke is a major public health issue with high mortality and morbidity rates, both nationally and internationally. Recent medical advances resulted in improvements in mortality rates, but the disabling long-term effects of stroke are still prevalent. Post-stroke rehabilitation improves patient outcomes by decreasing the chance of developing secondary complications and maximising the patient’s independence despite their impairments. Post-stroke rehabilitation is delivered by an interdisciplinary team experienced in the rehabilitation process. There are specific focus areas during this process, which ensure a holistic approach. Early discharge planning is essential and can help to ease the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to a patient’s home environment. Stroke recovery is heterogeneous and multilayered; therefore, it is difficult to accurately predict post-stroke outcomes, but the importance of early interventions and ongoing outpatient rehabilitation is stressed.

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S Whitehead, Life Rehabilitation Unit, Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

E Baalbergen, Life Rehabilitation Unit, Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Post-stroke rehabilitation

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South African Medical Journal 2019;109(2):81-83. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i2.00011

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Date submitted: 2019-01-31
Date published: 2019-01-31

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