Stroke is the leading cause of adult disabilities in China as in other countries. Every year in China, 2,000,000 persons experience first stroke and about 70%-80% patients cannot live independently. In individuals aged 65+, the prevalence of self-reported stroke ranged between 6% and 9% urban China, but was much lower in rural site in
China (1.6%). The proportion of stroke survivors needing care was higher in rural China (44%), urban China. The common deficits associated with stroke are motor impairment (including limb spasticity), sensory impairment, language impairment (aphasia and/or dysarthria), dysphagia, cognitive impairment, visual impairment, and poststroke depression. Rehabilitation is cornerstone for the recovery of stroke patients. There are many different systems of care that provide rehabilitation to patients after stroke. Organised stroke unit care is provided by multidisciplinary teams that exclusively manage stroke patients in a ward dedicated to stroke patients, with a mobile stroke team or within a generic disability service (mixed rehabilitation ward). Acute rehabilitation is recommended by Chinese health administration in recent years, therapists were sent to neurological department for early mobilization and/or sitting balance training, but there are no high-quality articles in researching the effect of early stroke rehabilitation.
Stroke Rehabilitation in China Today: Qiang Wang
Last date updated on June, 2014