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Keywords

disability evaluation, outcome, stroke

 

Authors

  1. Kelly-Hayes, Margaret EdD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Abstract

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the foremost cause of adult neurological disability in the United States. Comprehensive assessment of persons with stroke is necessary for appropriate management of care and evaluation of interventions and outcomes. With the emergence of new effective treatments for stroke, the opportunity to document stroke impairments and disabilities to monitor recovery and to plan for reentry back to the community is a high nursing priority. The utilization of well-validated standardized instruments makes this goal attainable.