Stroke Outcomes in a Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Urban Community (Original Articles) (Report)

Stroke Outcomes in a Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Urban Community (Original Articles) (Report)

The stroke unit model of care reduces mortality and dependency after stroke in developed countries. (1,2) The multidisciplinary stroke unit model of care improves early outcomes in an under-resourced urban setting in South Africa. (3) In such a setting, resources for rehabilitation (inpatient and outpatient) are limited and there is concern that early benefits achieved in an acute stroke unit could be eroded by a lack of adequate rehabilitation after discharge. We aimed to determine the survival, disability and functional outcomes of stroke patients following their discharge from an acute stroke unit to community-based health care and rehabilitation. We sought to identify factors that predicted poor outcomes. The ability to identify patients at risk of poor outcomes could assist in developing community-based models of stroke care with effective allocation of scarce resources. Methods

Stroke Outcomes in a Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Urban Community (Original Articles) (Report)



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