Date of Award
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
A fulfilling life can be measured by the capability to perform daily tasks and an individual’s function, ambulation, and independence. Cerebral vascular accident, commonly known as stroke, is the fifth leading cause of death and disability in the United States; however, up to 80% of strokes are preventable.1 Most individuals have been exposed to the impact of stroke, whether it be firsthand or through friends, family, or acquaintances. For survivors and caregivers, the consequences of strokes are monumental physically, mentally, and emotionally. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), about one in six over the age of 65 in America will experience a stroke.2 The lasting outcomes after a stroke are dependent on the type of stroke and age of the affected individual. Although most stroke survivors regain their functional independence, 15-30% will live with a permanent physical disability.2 The effects of stroke are life-changing; therefore, it is key to determine post-stroke rehabilitation for best outcomes.
Nowicki, Jill Marie, "Neuroprosthetics: The Future of Stoke Rehabilitation for Motor Functio" (2020). Physician's Assistant Program Capstones. 70.