Research Article

Management of acute stroke in the elderly: follow-up of a controlled trial.

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.281.6244.827 (Published 27 September 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:827
  1. W M Garraway,
  2. A J Akhtar,
  3. L Hockey,
  4. R J Prescott

    Abstract

    Follow-up of a controlled trial of the management of acute stroke in the elderly showed that the improvement in functional outcome at the time of discharge from hospital that had been achieved through establishing a stroke unit had disappeared by one year. Factors that might have contributed to this included overprotection by the families of patients who had been treated in the stroke unit, who were not permitted to carry out activities of daily living in which they were independent, and the early discharge from medical units of patients whose full rehabilitation potential had not been realised. Prolonging the benefits of short-term gains in functional outcome through the intervention of a stroke unit requires that all the links in the chain of stroke rehabilitation are maintained, including the proper orientation of patients' families before discharge from hospital.