Long-term Effects of Stroke Unit Treatment


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To test the hypothesis that treatment of patients with acute stroke in a stroke unit (SU) improves the long-term clinical outcome (5 years) compared with patients treated in general wards (GW).


Trial Design

Randomized, controlled trial of 220 patients at a single center.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized to receive treatment in the stroke unit or general wards. The patients in the GW received acute medical care, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy, but not within the framework of a team approach. The maximum period of treatment in the SU was 42 days (average, 16 days)


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Proportion of patients at home, proportion of patients in institutions, mortality, and functional state assessed by BI.


Norwegian Council on Cardiovascular Diseases, the Fund of Cardiovascular Research, and the Stroke Unit's Fund of Stroke Research, University Hospital of Trondheim