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Physiotherapy and physical functioning post-stroke: Exercise habits and functioning 4 years later? Long-term follow-up after a 1-year long-term intervention period: A randomized controlled trial
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotheraphy.
2014 (English)In: Brain Injury, ISSN 0269-9052, E-ISSN 1362-301X, Vol. 28, no 11, 1396-1405 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: Physical activity is mandatory if patients are to remain healthy and independent after stroke. Objective: Maintenance of motor function, tone, grip strength, balance, mobility, gait, independence in personal and instrumental activities of daily living, health-related quality-of-life and an active lifestyle 4 years post-stroke. Methods: A prospective randomized controlled trial. Results: Four years post-stroke, 37 of the 75 participating persons were eligible for follow-up; 19 (54.3%) from the intensive exercise group and 18 (45%) from the regular exercise group. Both groups were performing equally well with no significant differences in total scores on the BI (p=0.3), MAS (p=0.4), BBS (p=0.1), TUG (p=0.08), 6MWT (p=0.1), bilateral grip strength (affected hand, p=0.8; non-affected hand, p=0.9) nor in the items of NHP (p>0.005). Independence in performing the IADL was 40%, while 60% had help from relatives or community-based services. Conclusion: This longitudinal study shows that persons with stroke in two groups with different exercise regimes during the first year after stroke did not differ in long-term outcomes. Both groups maintained function and had a relatively active life style 4 years after the acute incident. The results underline the importance of follow-up testing and encouragement to exercise, to motivate and sustain physical activity patterns, to maintain physical function, not only in the acute but also in the chronic phase of stroke.

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2014. Vol. 28, no 11, 1396-1405 p.
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Function, intervention, longitudinal follow-up, rehabilitation, stroke
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-235209DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2014.919534ISI: 000341969200006PubMedID: 24945241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-235209DiVA: diva2:759393
Available from: 2014-10-29 Created: 2014-10-29 Last updated: 2014-10-29Bibliographically approved

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