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Stroke Rehabilitation - Evidence Based Practice

Author: Department of Veterans Affairs

Course Created: 2010

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 10 hours
3.3 out of 4.0, Based on: 8 reviews

Course Summary

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States. Forty percent of stroke patients are left with moderate unctional impairment and 15% to 30% with severe disability. Effective rehabilitation interventions initiated early after stroke can enhance the recovery process and minimize functional disability. Improved functional outcomes for patients also contribute to patient satisfaction and can reduce potentially costly long-term care expenditures. Substantial evidence indicates that patients do better with a well-organized, multidisciplinary approach to post-acute stroke care. This course provides an overview of evidence-based evaluations and interventions.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Rehabilitation During the Acute Phase
  • Prevention of Complications
  • Medical Comorbidities
  • Assessment of Impairments
  • Assessment of Activity and Function
  • Assessment of Support Systems
  • The Rehabilitation Program
  • Discharge from Rehabilitation
  • Dysphagia Management
  • Nutrition Management
  • Communication
  • Motor Impairment and Recovery
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Activities
  • Adjunctive Treatment
  • Family and Community Support

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss medical comorbidities and stroke.
  • Describe the assessment of ADL's for stroke patients.
  • Explain the assessment of support systems.
  • Describe cognitive rehabilitation of stroke.
  • Explain motor impairments and stroke
  • Discuss adjunctive treatments for stroke.
  • Describe family support and stroke patients.


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