Improved Stroke Outcome at 6 Months


Phase 4 Results N/A

Trial Description

The investigators implemented a structured chain of acute stroke care with early integrated rehabilitation. The mortality at 6 months was lower (12%) compared to 23% in the International Stroke Trial (IST) and 39% (67%) of the patients were dead or dependent, which is superior compared to international data.

Detailed Description

Background/Aim of the study: To further reduce the 6 months stroke morbidity and mortality in a high volume stroke hospital and to compare the results with national and international data.
Methods: 204 consecutive stroke patients are analyzed in a prospective study in a single center teaching institution. The intervention consists of a structured therapeutic chain of 290 collaborating GPs, a standardised acute hospital proceeding overlapping with an early integrated neurovascular rehabilitation within the same institution. Primary endpoints include death and dependence at 6 months, secondary endpoints are the length of hospital stay (LOS) and the quantitative analysis of physical and psychosocial impairments. The data are directly compared with the same endpoints of the Swiss subgroup of the international stroke trial (IST) and recent international data.
Results: At 6 months, mortality is significantly lower with 12 % (compared to 23 % in the IST trial) and only 39 % (67 %) of the patients are dead or dependent. Stroke severity is similar as in other study populations. Median LOS is 15 days in the acute clinic and 39 days in the rehabilitation institution. The psychosocial outcome compares favorably to a matched control group.
Conclusions: A structured chain of acute stroke treatment overlapping with an early integrated rehabilitation is superior compared to national and international ischemic stroke trial data.



Trial Design

  • Observation: Natural History
  • Perspective: Prospective


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
No outcomes associated with this trial.