Early supported hospital discharge following acute stroke


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To establish the feasibility and method of evaluation of an early supported hospital discharge policy for patients with acute stroke.


Trial Design

Randomized pilot study of 92 patients.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized to early supported discharge group or conventional hospital care. Early supported discharge patients were allowed to have up to 24 hours of home care service, 7 days a weeks, for an unlimited period of time. Caregivers were also visited at home (without the patient) by a member of the team so that they could express their concerns.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Placement, length of stay, readmission rates, mortality, functional ability (Nottingham Extended Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Scale), handicap (Oxford Handicap Scale), global health status (Dartmouth Coop Function Charts) and caregiver stress (General Health Questionnaire 30 item) as assessed during interviews 7 days post discharge and 3 months post stroke.


National CVD & Stroke R & D Programme, and the Newcastle Health Authority Primary Care Development Fund