The primary aim of this retrospective audit was to determine whether sitting balance ability at initial physiotherapy assessment post stroke could predict ambulation ability at discharge. Also considered were the side affected by the stroke, sensory loss, dysphasia, whether they affected outcome and whether ambulation ability determined social destination at discharge. Forty stroke patients were treated during the 12-month study period. All patients received early physiotherapy treatment in the acute then rehabilitation wards. The average length of hospital stay was 47.7 ± 28.2 [SD] days. All patients achieved independent sitting balance at discharge, with a significant improvement (p < 0.001) from initial assessment. Twenty-seven achieved independent ambulation by discharge. This was shown to have a significant (p < 0.001) relationship to early independent sitting balance but was not significantly related to side of stroke or sensory loss. © 1995, Australian Physiotherapy Association. All rights reserved.
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