Acute Phase Predictors of 6-Month Functional Outcome in Italian Stroke Patients Eligible for In-Hospital Rehabilitation

Italian Study Group on Implementation of Stroke Care (ISC Study)

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PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess early poststroke prognostic factors in patients admitted for postacute phase rehabilitation.

METHODS: A 1-yr multicenter prospective project was conducted in four Italian regions on 352 patients who were hospitalized after a first stroke and were eligible for postacute rehabilitation. Clinical data were collected in the stroke or acute care units (acute phase), then in rehabilitation units (postacute phase), and, subsequently, after a 6-mo poststroke period (follow-up). Clinical outcome measures were represented using the Barthel Index and the modified Rankin Scale. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify the most important prognostic index.

RESULTS: Modified Rankin Scale score, minor neurologic impairment, and early out-of-bed mobilization (within 2 days after the stroke) proved to be important factors related to a better recovery according to Barthel Index (power of prediction = 37%). Similarly, age, premorbid modified Rankin Scale score, and early out-of-bed mobilization were seen to be significant factors in achieving better overall participation and activity according to the modified Rankin Scale (power of prediction = 48%). Barthel Index at admission and certain co-morbidities were also significant prognostic factors correlated with a better outcome.

CONCLUSIONS: According to the Barthel Index and modified Rankin Scale, early mobilization is an early predictor of favorable outcome.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-475
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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