Letter by Ellis and Sheets Regarding Article, “No Racial Difference in Rehabilitation Therapy Across All Post-Acute Care Settings in the Year Following a Stroke”
To the Editor:
We read the article titled “No Racial Difference in Rehabilitation Therapy Across All Post-Acute Care Settings in the Year Following a Stroke”1 with significant interest. The results offer insights into racial differences in poststroke rehabilitation utilization and ultimately racial differences in poststroke outcomes. Despite the interesting findings, we offer a few thoughts in consideration of the findings.
Stroke in blacks typically occurs at a far younger age than in whites.2 The age of blacks and whites in this study is closer than most studies examining racial–ethnic differences in stroke. The black cohort reported here represents the upper end of the average life span of this population but not the black stroke population.
The approach …