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The Influence of Age and Gender On The Functional Outcome of Patients After Stroke
INTRODUSTION Returning to normal life and performing daily activities is one of the main goals in rehabilitation after stroke. What the functional outcome after early neurorehabilitation will be depends on various risk factors. The purpose of the research was to investigate the impact of age and gender on the functional outcome and its dependence on concomitant diseases. METHODS The study involved 30 patients of all ages who suffered a stroke and were treated at the UKC Maribor. A questionnaire and Barthel index were used. RESULTS The results showed that there are no statistically significant differences between younger patients and those older than 65. There are also no significant differences between genders and functional outcome. However, there are differences between the result of the functional outcome on admission and on discharge. This has improved statistically. We also found that study participants reported a statistically significant lower level of pain according to the VAS scale at the end of hospital treatment. There were no significant correlations between concomitant diseases and functional outcome. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION Early rehabilitation is important in recovery after stroke, but it can not be argued that there are deviations in functional outcome at different ages or different genders.