Brain Neurorehabil.  2021 Jul;14(2):e11. 10.12786/bn.2021.14.e11.

Changes in Epidemiological Trends and Rehabilitation Usage in Neurological Diseases in Korea: Stroke

  • 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


Stroke survivors with disabilities have increased in Korea as the population has aged. Early stroke rehabilitation is known to be an essential therapy in gaining functional independence and preventing complications. Recent research on the rehabilitation usage of stroke patients was reviewed in this manuscript. For the past 15 years, it was found that comprehensive rehabilitation assessments have been performed faster in more stroke patients, and intensive inpatient stroke rehabilitation has been applied to more stroke patients at an earlier stroke phase in Korea. In addition, the effect of rehabilitation was maintained. However, few reports have assessed the status of stroke rehabilitation in Korea. Therefore, basic statistical research based on accurate national statistics is needed in the future.


Stroke; Rehabilitation; Epidemiology; Cohort Studies
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