Where and how should elderly stroke patients be treated?


Phase N/A Results


One-year mortality was 21%, both in patients treated by the Departments of Medicine and those treated by the Department of Neurology. Patients treated by the Department of Neurology were discharged an average of 16 days earlier (24 versus 40 days). The length of hospital stay of patients aged younger than 75 years differed significantly (P=.02). Patients randomized to neurological wards more often went directly home (75% versus 62%; P=.03), and their functional status was better as assessed with Barthel Index and Rankin grades at 1 year (P=.02 and P=.03, respectively).