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Stroke score and recovery . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 24 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2412

“Good” outcomes after stroke

Recovery after stroke is usually measured using the modified Rankin Scale, which is mostly based on activities of daily living. But a Canadian telephone follow-up study conducted 2-3 years after stroke showed poor correlation between this score and other aspects of recovery (Stroke doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.117.016728). More than half of stroke patients with excellent functional recovery measured by the modified Rankin Scale continued to have cognitive impairment and restricted social participation, and one third of patients continued to have depression 2-3 years later.

Cochrane reviews and kids’ guidelines

Cochrane reviewers spend months or years systematically reviewing and grading the evidence for treatments across a wide …

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