A neurological rehabilitation unit: audit of activity and outcome

J R Coll Physicians Lond. 1996 Jan-Feb;30(1):21-6.


A clinical audit was carried out to determine the impact of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in a specialist neurorehabilitation unit, and to demonstrate how outcome measurement can be incorporated into routine clinical audit. The study describes and interprets the results of one year's activity and outcome in a neurorehabilitation unit. A total of 138 patients were admitted to the 18 bedded unit between April 1994 and March 1995. The main outcome measures were: length of inpatient stay, admission and discharge destination, disability as measured by the Barthel Index and Functional Independence Measure, handicap as measured by the Environmental Status Scale and the Handicap Assessment Scale, and the time spent undertaking the audit. Improvement in disability was demonstrated in 112 (83%) patients and in handicap in 89 (66%) patients. The time taken to analyse the data on a quarterly basis was reduced from 20 hours for the first quarter to 4.5 hours for the last quarter. The results show that multidisciplinary inpatient neurorehabilitation leads to functional improvement in the majority of neurologically impaired patients. Outcome measurement and data collection can be incorporated into routine clinical practice once a sound methodology has been established.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Hospital Units / standards*
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals, State / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, State / standards
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Medical Audit*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Admission
  • Patient Care Team
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United Kingdom