Evaluation of the North Carolina Stroke Care Program.
A study of 774 patients in eastern North Carolina was undertaken to determine the effects of a coordinated program of care and follow-up on recovery from stroke. The program was designed to coordinate and improve in-hospital stroke care and rehabilitation, to provide for education and training of the family for post-hospital care, and to coordinate and facilitate continued access to services after discharge. As measured by the Barthel Index at discharge, three, six and 12 months, the impact of the program was found to be minimal. Patients' scores throughout follow-up were influenced by age, whether the stroke event was new or recurrent, and the state of consciousness at admission. Follow-up Barthel scores were also related to scores obtained at discharge.
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