Published: Friday 28 April 2017

Published in Stroke, a new study sheds light on a tool doctors might use to help them predict the recovery of stroke patients in the future.

The new study developed a tool which uses 'recovery curves' that use information collected from previous stroke patients to plot a graph of likely recovery for new ones. Although there have been a number of studies which have looked into the benefits of recovery curves in the past, the new tool is unique in that it can predict individual patient recovery not only in hospital but up to a year after stroke. 

The new tool will need to be tested in larger trials to see how well it performs in a clinical setting with stroke patients, and how cost-effective its use may be. However, it's an exciting development that could help plan a patient's care, provide better answers to questions stroke survivors and their families have about recovery, and be used in research to assess how well interventions to aid stroke recovery are working.

A final report summary of the research is available and provides more detail on how the research was carried out.

About the researchers

Dr Abdel Douiri is the lead author of the study and a senior lecturer at King's College London. The research was funded through a Stroke Association project grant (TSA 2009-02) to Professor Tony Rudd, Professor of Stroke Medicine at King’s College London and National Clinical Director for Stroke at NHS England.

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