To compare therapy input and outcome in stroke patients.
Prospective, stratified, randomized, controlled trial of 245 patients at a single center. Stratification was by prognosis.
All patients received care in the general medical wards during the acute phase of their illness. Two weeks after stroke onset, patients were stratified into one of three groups based on prognosis and were randomized to receive care in a stroke rehabilitation unit or in general medical wards. All patients received nursing care, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy and assistance in seeking long-term care if necessary. Patients were followed until discharge from hospital.
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Mortality during hospital stay, percentage of patients discharged home, percentage of patients discharged to long-term institutional care, length of hospital stay, and Barthel ADL score.|