Content » Vol 32, Issue 4

Original report

CURRENT STATUS OF REHABILITATION, ESPECIALLY IN PATIENTS WITH STROKE, IN JAPAN

Meigen Liu, Naoichi Chino and Hidetoshi Takahashi


DOI: 10.1080/1650197732148158

Abstract

The current status of stroke rehabilitation in Japan was reviewed from the perspectives of epidemiology, structures, outcomes and research. Japan is the fastest aging society in the world, facing a rapid increase in its disabled population and ensuing healthcare costs. Although its mortality is decreasing, stroke is the most frequent cause of disability. Traditionally, stroke patients acutely admitted to general hospitals remained bed-ridden for months, hindering maxi- mal functional gain. With more attention to the importance of rehabilitation, improved outcomes such as shorter length of stay, more functional gain and increased community discharge have resulted. Japan’s healthcare system, characterized by universal coverage, equity and a manda- tory fee schedule, has contributed to the world’s longest life expectancy and the lowest infant mortality rate, but it has also lacked quality assurance. Under stringent economic conditions, drastic healthcare and welfare reform plans are being debated and pressure is mounting for more ef􏰣 cient stroke rehabilitation

Lay Abstract

Comments

Do you want to comment on this paper? The comments will show up here and if appropriate the comments will also separately be forwarded to the authors. You need to login/create an account to comment on articles. Click here to login/create an account.
Advertisement