Rehabilitation/Post acute

Recanalisation therapies for wake‐up stroke

Abstract Background About one in five strokes occur during sleep (wake‐up stroke). People with wake‐up strokes have traditionally been considered ineligible for thrombolytic treatment because the time of stroke onset is unknown. However, some studies suggest that these people may benefit from recanalisation therapies. Objectives To assess the effects of intravenous thrombolysis and other recanalisation […]

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Activity monitors for increasing physical activity in adult stroke survivors

Abstract Background Stroke is the third leading cause of disability worldwide. Physical activity is important forsecondary stroke prevention and for promoting functional recovery. However, people withstroke are more inactive than healthy age‐matched controls. Therefore, interventions to increase activity after stroke are vital to reduce stroke‐related disability. Objectives To summarise the available evidence regarding the effectiveness […]

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Yoga for stroke rehabilitation

Abstract Background Stroke is a major health issue and cause of long-term disability and has a major emotional and socioeconomic impact. There is a need to explore options for long-term sustainable interventions that support stroke survivors to engage in meaningful activities to address life challenges after stroke. Rehabilitation focuses on recovery of function and cognition […]

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Treadmill training and body weight support for walking after stroke

Abstract Background Treadmill training, with or without body weight support using a harness, is used in rehabilitation and might help to improve walking after stroke. This is an update of the Cochrane review first published in 2003 and updated in 2005 and 2014. Objectives To determine if treadmill training and body weight support, individually or […]

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Occupational therapy for adults with problems in activities of daily living after stroke

Abstract Background A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Activities of daily living (ADL) are daily home-based activities that people carry out to maintain health and well-being. ADLs include the ability to: eat and drink unassisted, move, go to the toilet, carry out personal hygiene tasks, dress […]

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Repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation for activities of daily living and functional ability in people after stroke

Abstract Background Repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation (rPMS) is a form of therapy that creates painless stimulation of deep muscle structures to improve motor function in people with physical impairment from brain or nerve disorders. Use of rPMS for people after stroke has been identified as a feasible approach to improve activities of daily living and […]

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Circuit class therapy for improving mobility after stroke

Abstract Background Circuit class therapy (CCT) offers a supervised group forum for people after stroke to practise tasks, enabling increased practice time without increasing staffing. This is an update of the original review published in 2010. Objectives To examine the effectiveness and safety of CCT on mobility in adults with stroke. Search methods We searched […]

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Interventions for treating anxiety after stroke

Abstract Background Approximately 20% of stroke patients experience clinically significant levels of anxiety at some point after stroke. Physicians can treat these patients with antidepressants or other anxiety-reducing drugs, or both, or they can provide psychological therapy. This review looks at available evidence for these interventions. This is an update of the review first published […]

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Electromechanical-assisted training for walking after stroke

Abstract Background Electromechanical- and robotic-assisted gait-training devices are used in rehabilitation and might help to improve walking after stroke. This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2007. Objectives To investigate the effects of automated electromechanical- and robotic-assisted gait-training devices for improving walking after stroke. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Stroke […]

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Caregiver-mediated exercises for improving outcomes after stroke

Abstract Background Stroke is a major cause of long-term disability in adults. Several systematic reviews have shown that a higher intensity of training can lead to better functional outcomes after stroke. Currently, the resources in inpatient settings are not always sufficient and innovative methods are necessary to meet these recommendations without increasing healthcare costs. A […]

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