Physical Therapy Research
Online ISSN : 2189-8448
ISSN-L : 2189-8448
Medical Rehabilitation Need, Case Complexity, and Related Issues among Patients in an Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Setting
Kazuhiro HARADA
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Article ID: R0021


This narrative review introduces case complexity and medical rehabilitation needs in a stroke rehabilitation setting, and proposes methods to more efficiently enhance functional recovery in the acute stage after stroke onset. Therapists may measure a construct of individual need complexity around and beyond the basic and common needs for medical necessity, and thereby screen acute patients who could benefit more from additional rehabilitation inputs. This review also describes the clinical significance of medical rehabilitation needs and challenges for efficient stroke rehabilitation. Overall, we propose that challenging research trials should be conducted to compare the effectiveness of the arrangement of rehabilitation service allocation based on needs assessment after stroke with the usual care pathway.

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