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Racial/ethnic variation in recovery of motor function in stroke survivors: Role of informal caregivers

Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, PhD, et al.

Figure. Stroke recovery trajectories: motor subscale of the Functional Independence Measure scores by race/ethnicity.

African-American and Latino stroke survivors recover more slowly than Caucasians in the United States. This study examines this variation in stroke recovery, the course of stroke recovery over time, and the role of caregivers in stroke recovery. We examined 125 veterans who suffered from stroke and were released home to an informal caregiver. Veterans with more than one caregiver have lower functional levels at baseline. Veterans who have more care provided to them (in hours) have lower baseline functioning and slower recovery across time.


Volume 46 Number 2, 2009
   Pages 223 — 232


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