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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
Mr Lim Peow Koon going through a rehabilitation exercise with therapy assistant Ian Richard Pereira at St Luke's Hospital in Bukit Batok yesterday. Mr Lim is among the minority of patients who faithfully return for rehab after their hospitalisation. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

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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