Evaluating and predicting outcome of acute cerebral vascular accident.
An innovative evaluation method is used to study the outcomes and clinical predictions for 97 patients with acute cerebral vascular accidents. The technique involved the participation of several professional disciplines in selecting baseline and treatment variables and making independent predictions about the functional status of patients upon discharge from the stroke treatment center. The data suggest that (1) baseline variables were more important than treatment variables in the participants' predictions about the patients' short-term outcomes; (2) stroke unit staff members were generally successful in predicting patients' functional status; and (3) stroke extensions and other complications are important factors which affect stroke patients' short-term outcomes.
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