Examining Stroke Treatment for People with Disability
Author: University of Cincinnati | Contact: uc.edu
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Stroke Publications
Synopsis: As stroke researchers continue to make breakthroughs to improve care, this has led to patients who had a disability before the stroke being overlooked. Imagine if your patient starts with a functional disability; they can’t get to excellent function because they have a specific baseline limitation, and we end up excluding these patients. The overarching goal of the research is to produce data that describes stroke outcomes among patients with a pre-stroke disability.
When conducting clinical research, investigators aim to control as many variables as possible, so it is easier to examine the effectiveness of new treatments. However, this sometimes means strict requirements lead to only a narrow population of patients being eligible to be enrolled in a trial.
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The University of Cincinnati’s Eva Mistry, MBBS, MSCI, said as stroke researchers continue to make breakthroughs to improve care, this approach has led to a large portion of patients who had a disability before the stroke being overlooked.