Time to assess the daily living activities of stroke patients
Keywords:Post-stroke patients, Recovery time, Activity of daily living (ADL)
Post-stroke patients have different recovery times. Previous studies have shown that the assessment of recovery time in post-stroke patients regarding activities of daily living (ADL) ranged from one week to over one year. However, the most common time was three to six months, respectively. The pattern of daily activity among post-stroke patients indicated that the optimal recovery time is within the first 13 weeks, and then 13 to 20 weeks afterwards, when the speed of ADL recovery decreased and became stable. In addition, the severity of a stroke influenced the recovery time for each patient. According to the current guidelines for assessing the daily activities of post-stroke patients, it suggested that ADL should be assessed within the first 48 hours after the stroke incident and may assess every week within the first month. The ADL also suggested that assessment should be conducted again in the third and sixth month after discharge, respectively. Therefore, the ADL assessment should begin within 48 hours after stroke incident, and it should be performed again at least three times to assess the changes. The severity of strokes should be considered when assessing ADL. Whenever the recovery in the activity of daily living in post-stroke patients is stable, assessing ADL is still important and should be performed at least twice afterwards.
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