In this meta-analysis of 2 small randomized trials, which randomized stroke patients to very early mobilization (within 36 hours) or usual care, those in the early mobilization group had a significantly higher odds of independence (OR 3.1) than those in the usual care group, although the confidence interval was wide due to small sample sized (95% CI 1-9). However, when feasible, stroke patients should be evaluated for early mobilization (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.