Services for Reducing the Duration of Hospital Care for Acute Stroke Patients
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In most developed countries, stroke patients are admitted to hospital for a period of acute care and rehabilitation. Services have been developed to try and accelerate discharge home and reduce the duration of hospital stay. These have been termed early supported discharge (ESD) services.
This review tested whether ESD services could reduce length of stay and improve patient outcome compared with conventional hospital care and discharge arrangements.
We searched the Cochrane Specialist Register of Controlled Trials (to August 2004). The contact trialist of all eligible studies was then contacted and asked to provide details of their intervention and control services and to provide individual patient data.
We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared an ESD service with conventional care for hospitalized stroke …