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A Comparative Analysis of Functional Status and Mobility in Stroke Patients with and without Aphasia

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Department of Neurological Rehabilitation, University Hospital in Zielona Góra, 65-046 Zielona Góra, Poland
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Faculty of Physiotherapy, University of Health and Sport Sciences, 51-612 Wroclaw, Poland
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Academic Editor: Angeles Almeida
J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11(12), 3478; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11123478
Received: 29 April 2022 / Revised: 4 June 2022 / Accepted: 15 June 2022 / Published: 16 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stroke Management - Diagnostic and Therapy)
All researchers agree that aphasia is a serious consequence of a stroke, but they also report contradictory data regarding the functional outcome. The aim of this study was, therefore, to assess the functional outcomes of stroke patients with and without aphasia, who were undertaking a regular rehabilitation programme. Materials and Methods: The study group consisted of 116 post-stroke patients, including 54 patients without aphasia (G1) and 62 patients with aphasia (G2). The following tests were used before (T1) and after (T2) rehabilitation measurement points: Barthel Index (BI), Sitting Assessment Scale (SAS), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Trunk Control Test (TCT), Test Up & Go (TUG) and the Timed Walk Test (TWT). Results: The group of post-stroke patients with aphasia had a significantly longer time since a stroke on admission, a significantly longer length of stay in the ward and significantly worse SAS and TCT scores at T2, compared to patients without aphasia. Both groups achieved significant improvement in all studied parameters (SAS, TCT, BI, BBS, TUG and TWT). Aphasia was a predictor of functional status in the stroke patients group, but only at the time of admission to the ward. Conclusions: Patients with and without aphasia have an equal likelihood of improving their functional status and returning to independence. Aphasia should not be an absolute factor that excludes stroke patients from research studies on their functional status. View Full-Text
Keywords: stroke; aphasia; functional outcome; balance; trunk control; rehabilitation; effectiveness of rehabilitation stroke; aphasia; functional outcome; balance; trunk control; rehabilitation; effectiveness of rehabilitation
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Guzek, Z.; Dziubek, W.; Stefańska, M.; Kowalska, J. A Comparative Analysis of Functional Status and Mobility in Stroke Patients with and without Aphasia. J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11, 3478. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11123478

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Guzek Z, Dziubek W, Stefańska M, Kowalska J. A Comparative Analysis of Functional Status and Mobility in Stroke Patients with and without Aphasia. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2022; 11(12):3478. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11123478

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Guzek, Zbigniew, Wioletta Dziubek, Małgorzata Stefańska, and Joanna Kowalska. 2022. "A Comparative Analysis of Functional Status and Mobility in Stroke Patients with and without Aphasia" Journal of Clinical Medicine 11, no. 12: 3478. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11123478

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