Stroke and rehabilitation: Italian Cooperative Research (ICR2).
Source: Europa Medicophysica 39(1):7-17.
Abstract: This prospective study focused on determining the rehabilitation intervention implemented in case of stroke in Italy as part of the project: Italian Cooperative Research. The demographic and clinical factors of the trend in motor recovery, disability and quality of life was monitored and documented. The number of individuals with stroke that participated in the rehabilitation program of the current study was 1023. These individuals were the ones who had stroke for the first time in their lives. The different assessments used during the program include the motor and neuropsychological impairment scales (Motricity Index: MI, Trunk Control Test: TCT, Upright Motor Control Test: UMCT, Mini Mental State Examination: MMSE), disability and handicap scales (Barthel Index: BI, Functional Independence Measure: FIM, Oxford Handicap Scale-Rankin scale) and quality of life scale (EuroQol). The results of the study revealed that the individuals with mean age of 69.5 years, had 75% with an ischemic lesion. For 49.7% of them the right hemisphere was affected. There was a significant improvement following the rehabilitation program in the individuals' physical and mental status. It was found that the use of a common methodology for monitoring the results of different evaluations and the use of a database for documentation was found to be extremely useful for the success of the program. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Geriatrics Department, Hospital of Parma, Via Gramsci 14, 43100 Parma, Italy