Evid Based Nurs 13:18 doi:10.1136/ebn1017
  • Therapeutics
  • Systematic review

Effects of physical fitness training on mortality, independence and disability after stroke unclear

  1. Barbara J Lutz
  1. Barbara J Lutz
    College of Nursing, University of Florida, PO Box 100197, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA; bjlutz{at}

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The importance of physical fitness for older adults is well documented.1 However, research on the impact of fitness training after a disabling condition such as stroke is limited. Saunders and colleagues conducted a systematic review of existing research to determine the effects of physical fitness training on patients recovering from stroke. This review expands the body of knowledge on the effects of fitness training for older adults with stroke.

The review included randomised controlled trials in which the intervention groups received cardiorespiratory training, strength training or mixed physical fitness training. Control groups received usual care, no intervention or a non-exercise intervention. Primary study outcomes were the effects of …

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