Craig, L., Bernhardt, J., Langhorne, P. & Wu, O. (2010). Early mobilisation after stroke : An example of an individual patient data meta-analysis of a complex intervention. Stroke: a journal of cerebral circulation (online version), 2632-2636. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.588244
Background and purpose: Very early mobilization (VEM) is a distinctive characteristic of care in some stroke units; however, evidence of the effectiveness of this approach is limited. To date, only 2 phase II trials have compared VEM with standard care: A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT) in Australia and the recently completed Very Early Rehabilitation or Intensive Telemetry after Stroke trial in the United Kingdom. The Very Early Rehabilitation or Intensive Telemetry after Stroke protocol was designed to complement that of AVERT in a number of key areas. The aim of this analysis was to investigate the impact of VEM on independence by pooling data from these 2 comparable trials.
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