Brain Neurorehabil.  2018 Sep;11(2):e12. 10.12786/bn.2018.11.e12.

Short-Term Effects of Intensive Inpatient Rehabilitation in Patients with Brain Tumor: a Single-Center Experience

  • 1Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Prevention and Rehabilitation, Heart Vascular Stroke Institute, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Departments of Health Science and Technology, and Medical Device Management & Research, Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences & Technology (SAIHST), Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.


The objective of this study is to investigate the short-term effects of intensive inpatient rehabilitation in patients with brain tumor. Retrospective data from September 2015 to May 2017 was obtained in 65 patients with brain tumor who were transferred to the department of physical and rehabilitation medicine for comprehensive intensive inpatient rehabilitation. For comparison, data from 140 patients with subacute stroke were also obtained. To measure functional status, we collected data from the following tests: the Korean version of the Modified Barthel Index, the Motricity Index, the Korean Mini-Mental Status Examination, and the Functional Ambulatory Category. Functional efficiency of each assessment was calculated as the gain divided by the inpatient rehabilitation length of stay. Independent t-test was performed to compare functional outcomes between the brain tumor group and the subacute stroke group. There were significant improvements in all functional assessments in both the brain tumor group and the subacute stroke group (p < 0.05). In addition, there was no significant difference in the functional gain and efficiency in all assessments between the 2 groups. The results of the present study revealed that intensive inpatient rehabilitation could have potential to improve the functional levels in patients with brain tumor.


Rehabilitation; Brain Neoplasms; Functional Outcome; Independency
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