Objective(s): To compare discharge disposition after inpatient rehabilitation following stroke.
Design: Secondary analyses on the pooled dataset from two prospective cohort studies, one in Europe (Collaborative Evaluation of Rehabilitation In Stroke across Europe, CERISE-study) and one in the United States (Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes Project, PSROP-study).
Settings: Four inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) in Europe and 6 IRFs in the United States.
Participants: 1154 patients with first ever-stroke, admitted to an IRF within six weeks post-stroke (N=532
from CERISE and N=622 from PSROP-study).
Intervention: none.
Main Outcome Measure(s): Discharge disposition and Barthel Index at discharge.
Results: Overall, 81.2% of the patients were discharged home, with no significant differences between the CERISE-group and the PSROP-group (81.71% and 80.54% respectively, p=.618). The Barthel Index (BI) at discharge was significantly different between both groups (median values: 17 (CERISE), 13 (PSROP)). Stepwise regression analysis revealed no significant differences in the likelihood to be discharged home (OR, [95% CI]: 1.11 [0.74-1.66]).
Conclusions: Discharge disposition was not different between both patient groups. However, functional status
at discharge differed significantly. Incorporating contextual information on the organization of health care
is needed to improve the comparison of results enabling a better evaluation of rehabilitation programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-18
Number of pages1
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume88
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2007
EventUnknown -
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

    Research areas

  • discharge disposition, inpatient stroke rehabilitation, international comparison

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