Organized Inpatient (Stroke Unit) Care for Stroke
Organized stroke unit care is a form of care provided in hospital by nurses, doctors, and therapists who specialize in looking after patients with stroke and work as a coordinated team. This care has been provided in different ways, including: (1) a ward dedicated to patients with stroke; (2) through a mobile stroke team; or (3) within a generic disability service (mixed rehabilitation ward).
This update review aimed to assess the effect of stroke unit care when compared with alternative forms of care for people after a stroke.
We searched the trial registers of the Cochrane Stroke Group (January 2013) and the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group (January 2013), MEDLINE (2008 to September 2012), EMBASE (2008 to September 2012), and CINAHL (1982 to September 2012). In an effort to identify additional published, unpublished, and ongoing trials, we searched 17 trial …