Journal article

Patient and service factors associated with referral and admission to inpatient rehabilitation after the acute phase of stroke in Australia and Norway

Angela S Labberton, Mathias Barra, Ole Morten Ronning, Bente Thommessen, Leonid Churilov, Dominique A Cadilhac, Elizabeth A Lynch

BMC Health Services Research | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Unequal access to inpatient rehabilitation after stroke has been reported. We sought to identify and compare patient and service factors associated with referral and admission to an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) after acute hospital care for stroke in two countries with publicly-funded healthcare. METHODS: We compared two cohorts of stroke patients admitted consecutively to eight acute public hospitals in Australia in 2013-2014 (n = 553), and to one large university hospital in Norway in 2012-2013 (n = 723). Outcomes were: referral to an IRF; admission to an IRF if referred. Logistic regression models were used to identify and compare factors associated with each outcom..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Research Council of Norway


Funding Acknowledgements

Data collection in Australia was supported by grants from the Stroke Foundation and New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation. DAC and EAL receive Research Fellowship support from the National Health and Medical Research Council [DAC: 1063761 & 1154273; EAL: 1138515]. Data collection in Norway, ASL, and MB were supported by grants from the Research Council of Norway [grant numbers 237809, 196454]. The funders had no role in study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, or writing of the report.