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The Rehabilitation of Severe Stroke

Chapter 22
The Rehabilitation of Severe Stroke
Severe strokes often result in multiple disabilities, they are the most disabled group of stroke patients and the greatest rehabilitation challenge. Individually, severe stroke patients incur the greatest costs to the healthcare system, primarily due to greater length of stay (LOS) in hospital and the frequent need for long-term care or institutionalization (Navarrete-Navarro et al. 2003). Research relating to the definition, classification, neuro-recovery and rehabilitation of severe strokes is provided in this review. Clinical evidence for various severe stroke rehabilitation models are discussed (including slow-stream, intensive care unit (ICU), and specialized interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation). Ethical issues pertaining to severe stroke are also presented.
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