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Shorter length of stay in the stroke unit: comparison between the 1990s and 2000s
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Medical Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0581-2895
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2012 (English)In: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ISSN 1074-9357, Vol. 19, no 2, 172-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The process ruling length of stay (LOS) in hospitals is complex, and changes over time in LOS have not been explored. The purpose of the study was to examine differences in LOS, use of and satisfaction with health-related services, and capacity in activities of daily living (ADLs) during the first year post stroke in 2 groups of patients with mild to moderate stroke who received care in the same stroke unit.

Method: The patients (1993/96, n=40; 2006/07, n=43) in this study received care in the stroke unit at Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden. Data on LOS and on the use of health-related services were collected from the Stockholm County Council computerized registers. Satisfaction with health-related services was assessed using a questionnaire covering different dimensions of care, while ADLs were assessed using Katz Extended Index of ADL.

Results: The LOS in the stroke unit was shorter in the 2006-2007 group (median 8 days) compared to the 1993-1996 group (13 days) (P < .001). Both groups were equally satisfied with health-related services received. A larger proportion of patients were independent in ADLs 3 months post stroke in the 2006-2007 group, but no difference was seen at 6 or 12 months post stroke.

Conclusion: It seems possible to reduce the number of days spent in the stroke unit after mild to moderate stroke and instead spend days in a rehabilitation unit, and yet achieve similar patient satisfaction and faster recovery in ADL.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 2, 172-181 p.
Keyword [en]
activities of daily living, length of stay, outcome assessment (health care), patient satisfaction, stroke, stroke unit
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-10245DOI: 10.1310/tsr1902-172ISI: 000302927500010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-10245DiVA: diva2:537783
Available from: 2012-06-27 Created: 2012-06-27 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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