Predicting Recovery After Stroke

A team of scientists from the Centre for Brain Research have just had their research into predictors for stroke recovery published in the prestigious journal ‘Brain’, one of the world’s top clinical neurology periodicals.

Cathy Stinear, Alan Barber, Matt Petoe and Winston Byblow collaborated to develop and test an algorithm for predicting the potential for recovery of function in the arms of stroke patients, by combining tests of physical function three days post-stroke with measures of nerve function and MRI scans of patients.  The resulting algorithm shows excellent predictive capability, and has the potential to transform stroke recovery practice, allowing for tailored rehabilitation planning, more efficient use of healthcare resources, and improved outcomes for patients.

Read the full media release here: http://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/faculty/newsandevents/news_details.aspx?Id=948

The abstract for this article may be viewed online here: http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/135/8/2527.abstract

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