Predicting discharge outcomes for stroke patients in Australia

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2002 Jan;81(1):47-56. doi: 10.1097/00002060-200201000-00009.


Objective: This study aimed to describe discharge outcomes and explore their correlates for patients rehabilitated after stroke at an Australian hospital from 1993 to 1998.

Design: Data on length of stay, discharge functional status, and discharge destination were retrospectively obtained from medical records. Patients' actual rehabilitation length of stay was compared with the Australian National Sub-Acute and Non-Acute Patient predicted length of stay. The change in length of stay over the 5-yr period from 1993 to 1998 was documented.

Results: Patients' mean converted motor FIM scores improved from 53.1 at admission to 74.1 at discharge. Lower admission-converted motor FIM scores were related to longer length of stay, lower discharge-converted motor FIM scores, and the need for a change in living situation on discharge.

Conclusion: The results of this study provide Australian data on discharge outcomes after stroke to assist in the planning and delivery of appropriate interventions to individual patients during rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Australia
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Discharge*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*
  • Treatment Outcome*