Cognitive demand and motor function in acute stroke recovery

Takeaway

  • Motor performance in the early acute post-stroke period is associated with the cognitive demand of the test. Cognition is a critical component when considering post-stroke motor testing and neurorehabilitation.

Why this matters

  • Up to 85% of stroke survivors have upper limb motor impairment. Many stroke survivors also have cognitive impairments, typically in the early post-acute stroke period and including attention deficit, executive functioning, visuo-spatial ability, and language impairments.

  • The interrelationship between cognitive and motor impairments is unclear and it is unknown whether the presence of cognitive impairment can affect upper limb motor performance in acute stroke survivors.