To examine whether intensive monitoring of acute stroke patients further reduces poor outcome and mortality of patients admited to organized stroke care units.
- Stroke Units Behavioral
Patients were stratified for stroke subtype and randomly assigned to either the stroke-care monitoring unit or a conventional stroke unit.
Patients were randomized into a stroke-care monitoring unit (SCMU) or a conventional stroke unit (SU). All patients were treated in a similar way and strategies to treat complications were identical in both groups. SCMU patients were monitored continuously for 48 hours and moved to a conventional SU for further treatment.
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Poor outcome with a modified Rankin scale score greater than or equal to 4 or a Barthel Index less than 60, need for institutional care due to stroke, or mortality.|