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18th January, 2018 | Express Healthcare
A Bangalore based study revealed that male versus female incidence is 2:1, i.e. men are at higher risk. With over 1.5 million cases of stroke reported in the country each year, the incidence has increased by a staggering 17.5 per cent during the last 15 year. Despite availability of excellent health care services, increased awareness regarding prevention and identification of stroke symptoms, stroke remains a leading cause of disability with urban India at one-and-a-half times at greater risk than rural India.
A Bangalore based study revealed that male versus female incidence is 2:1, i.e., men are at higher risk. Stroke is no more a disease of the elderly; it has now become more common in patients in their late 20’s and 30’s leading to premature loss of productive lives and adding on to the disease burden in the country.
There has been a lot of focus on preventing strokes and measures taken to manage the risk factors. However, there is limited evidence available regarding the patients journey during the time period after discharge from hospitals post stroke. Due to lack of awareness regarding availability of rehabilitation and less focus extended on the comprehensive approach to therapy, the burden of care falls on family members.
In the interest of bridging the gap in community re-integration of stroke patients, finding insights regarding current practices in stroke rehabilitation in the community and understanding patients’ behavior, Nightingales Home Healthcare Services conducted a survey using a novel approach by incorporating clinicians’ perspective.
Highlights of the research conducted:
Commenting on the report, Dr Akshata Rao (PT), Product Lead, Stroke Rehabilitation at Nightingales Home Health Services said, “Home rehabilitation as a concept is considered a feasible option by majority of the Neurologists owing to the associated benefits/ drivers such as compliance, access, cost effectiveness and multidisciplinary services among others. Early comprehensive rehabilitation post stroke and compliance to prescribed rehabilitation program increases patients’ changes for a better recovery and resume their daily activities with minimal support.
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