Achievement of simple mobility milestones after stroke
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Smith, M. & Baer, G. (1999) Achievement of simple mobility milestones after stroke, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 80, , pp. 442-447,
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.