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A STROKE, FAMILY HELP HELPS EVERYONE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Can family members help rehabilitate someone who’s had a stroke? A recent study concludes yes! And lending a hand helps the family members themselves as well as improves outcomes for the person who’s had the stroke. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.

BELLATONI: This is a well done, randomized controlled trial that gives family members or empowers them to provide care to their loved ones following acute stroke. So what I liked about this study is they chose patients with moderate to severe stroke deficits and gave them the traditional type of post acute rehab, and then after that randomized them to continuing in the traditional way of providing post-stroke care versus a exercise program that heavily engages the family members.       :31

Family members also like the involvement and feeling of having an impact in their family member’s recovery. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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