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Stroke survivor activity during subacute inpatient rehabilitation

how active are patients?

Selenitsch, Natasha A.a; Gill, Stephen D.a,b,c

International Journal of Rehabilitation Research: March 2019 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 82–84
doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000326
Brief research reports

Being active following stroke is recommended, but inactivity is common. The current study aimed to observe stroke survivors physical, social and cognitive activities in a large regional inpatient rehabilitation centre. Patients were observed over 8 separate days at 10-min intervals between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Patients were engaged in any form of activity 59.9% of the time and in therapy 4.6% of the time. Patients were inactive and alone 34.3% of the time. Activity levels were weakly associated with patients’ functional abilities (Spearman’s ρ≤0.39). Independent walkers spent a higher proportion of the day physically active (37.5%) compared with nonindependent walkers (30.6%) (P=0.019). Days since stroke was not correlated with patient activity levels. Initiatives to increase activity during inpatient rehabilitation appear to be warranted.

aDepartment of Physiotherapy, Barwon Health, Victoria

bBarwon Centre for Orthopaedic Research and Education

cSchool of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Correspondence to Natasha A. Selenitsch, B. Physio, Department of Physiotherapy, McKellar Centre, Barwon Health, Ballarat Road, North Geelong, VIC 3215, Australia Tel: +61 342 155 511; fax: +61 342 156 385; e-mail:

Received May 31, 2018

Accepted October 11, 2018

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