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Review: therapy based rehabilitation services reduce the risk of deterioration in patients who have had a stroke

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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)?


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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.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared outpatient therapy based rehabilitation services (ie, interventions provided by qualified physiotherapists, occupational therapists, …

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  • For correspondence: Mrs L Legg, Glasgow University, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK.

  • Sources of funding: UK Stroke Association and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.