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Enhancing Our Patients’ Physical Ability To Function Independently

B1. Are Our Stroke Patients Functionally More Independent After Receiving Medical Rehabilitation?

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is a standardized functional outcome measure in medical rehabilitation, which is based on 13 motor and 5 cognitive activities including feeding, grooming, dressing, toileting, mobility, communication, memory,  etc. During the period of 2006-2008, the stroke patients in SGH had an average improvement of 3.7%, 24.0% and 16.6% in their cognitive FIM, motor FIM and total FIM respectively after receiving medical rehabilitation [1].

Source: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Singapore General Hospital
1. Ng, Y.S., et al., Results from a prospective acute inpatient rehabilitation database: clinical characteristics and functional outcomes using the Functional Independence Measure. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 2007. 36(1): p. 3-10.

B2. Are Total Knee Replacement Surgeries Working For Our Patients?

Patients with severe destruction of the knee joint are sometimes offered a knee replacement surgery to replace the joint surfaces with implants to relieve the pain and improve knee’s function. In terms of knee pain, stability and level of functional capabilities assessed by the Oxford Knee Score, the patients in SGH have reported an average improvement of 40.1% and 48.0% six months and two years after the operation was completed.

Source: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, SGH

Last Modified Date :05 Dec 2013