Early supported discharge in stroke rehabilitation

Top Stroke Rehabil. 2003 Summer;10(2):19-33. doi: 10.1310/QLFN-M4MX-XEMM-2YCQ.


A systematic review of the randomized controlled trials published from 1970-2002 was conducted to assess the effectiveness of early supported discharge programs in the context of stroke rehabilitation. Ten studies, including 1,286 patients, were selected for detailed review. The methodological quality of the studies was assessed using the PEDro Scale. The outcome assessed included functional outcomes, cost analysis, and length of hospital stay. Although the majority of studies reported no statistically significant differences in functional outcomes between the two groups, there was a reduction in hospital stays for patients receiving home-based therapy. These results suggest that patients with milder strokes who receive home-based therapies have similar functional outcomes to patients who receive traditional inpatient rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Home Care Services* / economics
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay* / economics
  • Patient Discharge* / economics
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Stroke / economics
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*
  • Treatment Outcome