The Effects of Integrating a Physiatrist into an Acute Stroke Team

Released: 12-Mar-2015 8:05 AM EDT 
Source Newsroom: Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
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2015 AAP Annual Meeting

A research team at Emory University presents new research at the 2015 AAP Annual Meeting in San Antonio that suggests that early rehabilitation as well as discharges to acute rehabilitation facilities post stroke can improve neurologic outcomes. The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of introducing a physiatrist into an acute stroke team.

"What we do as physiatrists is independent from early mobilization by therapists. It is our ability to anticipate, prevent, identity and treat barriers to rehabilitation that changes patient outcomes," said author Lisa Foster.

There is evidence that suggests that a physiatrist on staff may facilitate a more favorable discharge destination and decrease risk of mortality.

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