The aim of the study was to examine the early mobilization of acute stroke patients. There was a lack of understanding and agreement across the three professions in terms of what was meant by ‘early mobilization’. Further, the duration, frequency, intensity, risk/benefits and activities associated with early mobilization are undescribed despite clinical guidelines urging its use. Multi-disciplinary decision making regarding early mobilization was not self-evident. Early mobilization in acute stroke care is recommended in a range of European, American and UK policy guidelines as a strategy to minimize or prevent complications. However the evidence-base to support early mobilization in acute stroke is missing. Health professionals require a research-based approach in order to deliver safe and effective early mobilization to acute stroke patients.
- stroke patients