n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Stroke rehabilitation : main article

Volume 24, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Stroke is a common neurological condition with significant rates of morbidity and mortality. <BR>Ideally the best solution would be to educate the public to prevent the disease. Once a patient has had a stroke the most cost-effective method of treatment is to admit that patient to a dedicated stroke unit. <BR>Treatment of the acute illness should be combined with intensive rehabilitation, which begins soon after admission, and is followed through to a point where the patient can be safely discharged home. <BR>Good rehabilitative therapy reduces caregiver burden and improves quality of life for the patient. <BR>The period of therapy should be combined with patient and family education aimed at preventing further vascular disease.

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