Post-discharge follow-up of stroke patients at Groote Schuur Hospital - a prospective study
CITATION: Whitelaw, D. A. et al. 1994. Post-discharge follow-up of stroke patients at Groote Schuur Hospital - a prospective study. South African Medical Journal, 84:11-13.
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A survey of 59 stroke patients was undertaken between 3 and 6 months after the event to determine whether a weekly stroke round would improve the rate of referral for rehabilitation. Comparison with a previous survey at Groote Schuur Hospital showed a marked improvement (40% for physiotherapy and 10% for occupational therapy v. 76% and 50% respectively). A comparison of referral rates between younger (<65 years old) and older patients (>65 years old) revealed a significantly higher rate of referral among the younger patients. Attendance for both groups was low (approx. 7 sessions per 3 months). Social work was an important requirement and 60% of all patients expressed a need for more help. Social needs of older and younger patients differ. Despite the improved referral rate the rehabilitation of stroke patients is unsatisfactory, mainly because of transport difficulties. Methods should be investigated to establish rehabilitation centres in the community to overcome this impasse.