Jun 1, 1996

Prestroke physical function predicts stroke outcomes in the elderly

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A ColantonioL F Berkman


To determine whether physical function before stroke is an independent predictor of physical function and institutionalization 6 months after discharge from hospital in elderly stroke patients. Population-based prospective cohort design where incidence of stroke was monitored from 1982 through 1988. Baseline demographic and health information including prestroke function was collected prospectively. Eligible subjects who had a stroke were interviewed 6 months after discharge from hospital to assess outcomes. New Haven, Connecticut. Subjects were recruited from an initial sample of 2,812 older adults. Of 79 subjects who survived a first stroke at 6 months postdischarge, complete follow-up data were obtained on 63 subjects. Physical function as measured by the Katz scale and institutionalization. Fewer limitations in activities of daily living before stroke were associated with fewer limitation in physical function after stroke controlling for stroke severity and other relevant health and sociodemographic conditions (p < .01). Fewer limitations in gross mobility function before stroke were also independently associated with a lower risk of institutionalization (p < .05). This study provides useful information in assessing the pro...Continue Reading

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Health Status
Cerebrovascular Occlusion
Incidence Studies
Mental Health
Muscle Function
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Functionally-Impaired Elderly
Institutionalized Persons

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