Progress in estimating the probability of recovery of stroke victims on the basis of their clinical status has been reported by a group of neurologists from Cornell University Medical College, New York City.
Not all patients or their families want to know the likelihood of regaining normal function after an ischemic attack, concedes David Levy, MD. Still, he told JAMA MEDICAL NEWS, "Patients' families ask me all the time to estimate whether their relative will recover from a stroke. They need such information to make financial decisions and to prepare for the future care of the person." Such decisions already are made everyday by rehabilitation centers, Levy pointed out, "but right now they are not made on the basis of facts. There is just no accurate information available to clinicians on which to predict recovery from stroke."
The study group was composed of 107 patients seen at the hospital within