Factors associated with discharge to home versus discharge to institutional care after inpatient stroke rehabilitation.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

OBJECTIVE: To examine sociodemographic and clinical characteristics independently associated with discharge home compared with discharge to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) after acute inpatient rehabilitation. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Three tertiary accredited acute care rehabilitation facilities. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients with stroke (N=2085). INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Not applicable. RESULTS: Of 2085 patients with stroke treated at 3 centers over a 4-year period, 78.2% (n=1631) were discharged home and 21.8% (n=454) discharged to an SNF. Findings from a multivariable logistic regression analysis indicated that patients were less likely to be discharged home if they were older (odds ratio [OR], .98; 95% confidence interval [CI], .96-.99), separated or divorced (compared with married; OR, .61; 95% CI, .48-.79), or with Medicare health insurance (compared with private insurance; OR, .69; 95% CI, .55-.88), or had dysphagia (OR, .83; 95% CI, .71-.98) or cognitive deficits (OR, .79; 95% CI, .77-.81). The odds of being discharged home were higher for those admitted with a higher motor FIM score (OR, 1.10; 95% CI, 1.09-1.11). The following were not associated with discharge disposition: sex, race, prestroke vocational status, availability of secondary health insurance, number of days from stroke onset to rehabilitation facility admission, stroke type, impairment group, cognitive FIM on admission, other stroke deficits (aphasia, ataxia, neglect, or speech disturbance), stroke complications of hyponatremia or urinary tract infection, or comorbid conditions. CONCLUSIONS: One in 5 patients with stroke were discharged to an SNF after inpatient rehabilitation. On admission, several sociodemographic and clinical characteristics were identified that could be considered as important factors in early discussions for discharge planning.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nguyen, VQC; PrvuBettger, J; Guerrier, T; Hirsch, MA; Thomas, JG; Pugh, TM; Rhoads, CF

Published Date

  • July 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1297 - 1303

PubMed ID

  • 25823940

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-821X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.03.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States