Falls in Stroke Patients After Hospital Discharge: Prevalence and Risk Factors
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00167063
Verified September 2005 by National Taiwan University Hospital. Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
The purposes of this study are: (1) to investigate the incidence and causes of falls of stroke patients residing in Taipei City and Taipei county after their discharge from the National Taiwan University Hospital, (2) to investigate the relationship between clinical manifestations of stroke patients before their hospital discharge and their incidence of falls after hospital discharge, and (3) to identify the risk factors for stroke patients who frequently fall after hospital discharge.
Condition or disease
Falls are one of the most common accidents among stroke patients. Stroke patients are more prone to falls than community-dwelling older adults because of their cumulative risk factors of falls such as cognitive impairment and motor dysfunction. Recent studies on falls in Taiwan have primarily focused on falls of community-dwelling older adults. Research focused on falls among stroke patients in Taiwan, however, is scarce. Studies reported by researchers in other countries have only investigated the incidence and causes of falls of patients staying in medical institutions up to three months post-stroke. Therefore, the incidence and immediate causes of falls remain unknown for post-hospital discharge stroke patients during their sub-acute and chronic stages. In addition, whether falls of stroke patients after hospital discharge could be predicted by their clinical manifestations during hospital stay also requires further investigation.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
40 Years to 75 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
between 40 and 75 years old
first onset or recurrent stroke as a result of a single cerebral vascular accident (ischemic or hemorrhage stroke)
ever received rehabilitation therapies at National Taiwan University Hospital
being willing to take the clinical assessments
residents of Taipei City or Taipei County
having unstable vital sign, unconsciousness, or having serious cognitive, perception, and language impairment, and being unable to follow the order of the experimenter
having other neurological diseases(ex. Parkinson’s disease or cerebellar disease etc.), or moderate to severe neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders, or disorders from systematic diseases those will influence the balance performance other than stroke