Despite the economic cost of lost employment, return to work after ischemic stroke has received little study. The percentages of patients working after stroke vary widely from 11 to 85%. Comparisons of these studies are difficult because they report return to work in different populations after diverse follow-up periods using variable definitions of stroke and work. Stroke severity as measured by activities of daily living was the most robust predictor of return to work. However, many factors known to influence vocational outcome after other illness (e.g., social and job characteristics) have not been examined. Directions for future studies of return to work are suggested.
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