To assess the management of acute stroke in the elderly in a stroke unit and medical units.
- Stroke Units Behavioral
Randomized, controlled trial of 277 patients.
Patients were randomized to enter either a stroke unit or a medical unit. All patients in the stroke unit and 94% of patients in the medical units received physical therapy. 97% of the patients in the stroke unit and 60% of the patients in the medical units received occupational therapy. Care in the stroke unit was based on a coordinated team approach in which patients were encouraged to take an active role from the beginning of rehabilitation.
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Neurologic and ADL (activities of daily living) function at discharge from hospital or within 16 weeks of admission.|