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Fall prevention important during stroke rehabilitation

Patients who are undergoing stroke rehabilitation need extra help to reduce the risk of falling, experts have said.

Research has revealed that people who have had a stroke fall nearly twice as often as other people, and many of these falls occur in their own home.

A team at the University of Auckland analysed 1,104 stroke survivors and found that 37 per cent experienced a fall during the first six months after their stroke.

Of these patients who fell, around half had one fall, while 12 per cent fell more than five times.

In addition, the researchers noted that 77 per cent of stroke patients fell at home, and lead researcher Dr Ngaire Kerse revealed that the incidence of falls was "even higher than for older people in long-term residential care".

Publishing the findings in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, Dr Kerse said: "We need to emphasise fall prevention during stroke services when patients resettle at home."

"Our findings emphasise the need to incorporate fall prevention strategies into stroke services."

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