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E3 Journal of Medical Research

E3 Journal of Medical Research Vol. 3 (4) pp. 049-053, April 2014; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2276-9900

To compare the effects of early and late mobilization in post stroke patients

Farah Ahmad2 * , Mohammad Usman Khan1 , Nabiha Sami1 , Ayesha Shakeel Khan1 , Syed Hasan Danish2
1 Department of College of Physical Therapy, Ziauddin University, Karachi
2 Department of Community Health Sciences, Ziauddin University, Karachi
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Accepted 3 April 2014


To determine the effects of early versus late mobilization on stroke patients. A cross-sectional survey was completed on 100 participants (age > 18 years) suffering from stroke at different tertiary care hospitals in Karachi. Patients were selected through purposive sampling technique and were classified as early and late mobilized. Data was collected through personal interviews with questionnaire based on the Barthel index (to measure level of independence) for comparison. Association between the Barthel index variables and early and late mobilization was assessed through Chi-square test. The difference in mean ranks of the Barthel index scores was determined through application of Mann Whitney U test. P value less than 0.05 was taken as significant. A significant association was found in early and late mobilization between barthel index groups (p<0.001). Comparison of early and late mobilization in barthel index categories was also significant in all components (p<0.05). Based on the results it was concluded that patients who were mobilized early after stroke were found to have better recovery then patients who were mobilized late. Although no death and disability was found in late mobilization patients but these patients experienced longer duration for recovery with disabilities.

Keywords: Stroke patients; Early mobilization; Late mobilization; Barthel Index score; Physiotherapy

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