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Reducing Racial Disparities in Post-Stroke Disability in the Elderly

a MiCDA Research Project Description

Investigators: Lesli E. Skolarus, James F. Burke, Lynda Diane Lisabeth, Vicki Freedman, Lewis B. Morgenstern

Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2014-2019 (1 R01 MD 008879 01)

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the US. Black adults have the highest stroke prevalence and suffer the most post-stroke disability of any other US racial/ethnic group. Racial differences in disability arise in the post-stroke period; however it is unclear if these differences arise shortly after stroke during the early recovery period, when many stroke survivors are undergoing rehabilitation, or after stroke survivors return to the community. Using newly available data, this project will determine the time when racial differences in post-stroke disability arise and the factors that lead to racial differences in post-stroke disability. These results will contribute directly to the development of strategies and interventions to improve the health of black stroke survivors.

Research Signature Theme:

Health and well-being in later life: Disability