Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

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Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Family-led rehabilitation ineffective for stroke patients, says Lancet study

Well shit, traditional stroke rehab with trained therapists is ineffective also since only 10% fully recover. I don't see any hue and cry about that disastrous failure.   You can read my 4 posts on early supported discharge and see if this latest research changes anything.
Family-led rehabilitation is ineffective for stroke patients, a recent study has found.
The study titled — ‘family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India’ — published in The Lancet is based on one of the largest stroke rehabilitation trials that was conducted at 14 centres across India, following up 1,250 stroke patients over six months.
The rehabilitation didn’t bring any improvement in the patients, compared to those who received no care.
An estimated 1.6 million people suffer a stroke in India every year, with early death rates ranging from 27% to 41%. And 5 lakh people are living with stroke disability.
The George Institute for Global Health conducted a controlled trial, which looked at whether a family-led caregiver-delivered home-based rehabilitation intervention as against usual care is an effective and affordable strategy for those with disabling stroke in the country.
The study was supported by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NMHRC) of Australia, coordinated by Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana, and the quality of implementation monitored by the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad.

The results raise serious questions about the benefits of rehabilitation carried out by family members, and highlight the need for urgent investment in professional stroke facilities in low and middle-income countries.
“We had expected to see a marked improvement in recovery of people who received this extra care delivered by their own trained family members, in their own homes,” said lead author Professor Richard Lindley, The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney.
“Other trials have indicated that community-based rehabilitation can play a significant role in recovery but these have been conducted largely in high resource settings. It shows effective rehabilitation may need to be provided by professionals who have undergone years of training and are specialists in their own field.”
The results are surprising and may impose major challenges to poor communities with limited financial resources that are also struggling to rehabilitate stroke patients especially in rural areas in a better way.
“Even after we save lives of stroke patients, they need a robust rehabilitation that may stretch up to months. Many more stroke units are needed in India with more trained professionals who can deliver life changing rehabilitation,” said professor Jeyaraj Pandian, neurologist, CMC, Ludhiana.
“Government will have to pitch in a big way.”

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