Day hospital versus conventional medical management of elderly stroke patients


Phase N/A Results


Functional improvement (Barthel Index score) was greater in the group managed by the geriatricians with a day hospital facility compared with the conventional group at 3 months (P = .03). There were also fewer total outpatient visits among the day hospital patients at 6 months (P = .03). No significant difference was found in costs between the two treatment groups. Other parameters assessed, such as patient well-being (self-perceived health, sleep problems, GDS score), use of community services, patient and caregiver satisfaction, and financial support, were all comparable between the two treatment groups at each follow-up.