Just one in five patients returns for rehab: Study
Reasons cited include cost and difficulty in getting to rehab centres
Published on May 1, 2014 8:47 AM
Just three months after their discharge, four out of five patients stop going for their prescribed rehabilitation programme.
This is of concern to doctors, as lack of rehabilitation often results in the patients' physical abilities deteriorating rapidly, turning them frail and often needing more frequent hospitalisation later on.
Dr Ng Yee Sin, head of rehabilitation medicine at Singapore General Hospital, said: "Compliance to rehabilitation is dismal."
Rehabilitation is important because without regular training of the muscles, their ability to function "deteriorates rapidly", he noted.
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