Review: therapy based rehabilitation services reduce the risk of deterioration in patients who have had a stroke
Q In community dwelling patients who have had a stroke, do therapy based rehabilitation services offered ⩽1 year after stroke onset or discharge from hospital reduce deterioration in ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL)?
Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, Medline, CINAHL, PsycLIT, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, AMED, Social Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index, bibliographies of relevant articles, and researchers in the field. Trial searching was completed in November 2001.
Study selection and assessment:
randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared outpatient therapy based rehabilitation services (ie, interventions provided by qualified physiotherapists, occupational therapists, multidisciplinary staff, or under the supervision of qualified therapy staff) with no routine input. Quality of the RCTs was evaluated using criteria including method of generating the random sequence, concealment of allocation, masking of outcome assessment, and …