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Mexican-Americans may get less intensive stroke rehab than non-Hispanic whites

February 22, 2017

Mexican-American stroke survivors are more likely to receive home-based rehabilitation, while non-Hispanic whites are more likely to get more intensive inpatient rehabilitation, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2017.

As part of the Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC), researchers followed 72 stroke survivors for three months after their strokes. Fifty were Mexican-American and 22 were non-Hispanic white. There were no ethnic differences among the patients who were discharged home without rehabilitation services.

Researchers found:

Among the 48 who received rehabilitation, 73 percent of non-Hispanic whites were discharged to inpatient rehabilitation, compared to 30 percent of Mexican-Americans.

While none of the non-Hispanic whites studied received home rehabilitation after stroke, 51 percent of Mexican-American stroke patients received at-home rehab.

This disparity may, in part, explain why Mexican-Americans have worse neurologic, functional and cognitive results after stroke than non-Hispanic whites, researchers said.
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Lewis B. Morgenstern, M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Note: Actual presentation is 6:15 p.m. CT/7:15 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in Hall E.

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