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Marie Louise Overgaard Svendsen

Processes of early stroke care and hospital costs

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  • Marie Louise Svendsen
  • Lars H Ehlers, Danmark
  • Heidi H Hundborg, Danmark
  • Annette Ingeman, Danmark
  • Søren P Johnsen, Danmark

BACKGROUND: The relationship between processes of early stroke care and hospital costs remains unclear.

AIMS: We therefore examined the association in a population based cohort study.

METHODS: We identified 5909 stroke patients who were admitted to stroke units in a Danish county between 2005 and 2010.The examined recommended processes of care included early admission to a stroke unit, early initiation of antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy, early computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (CT/MRI) scan, early physiotherapy and occupational therapy, early assessment of nutritional risk, constipation risk and of swallowing function, early mobilization,early catheterization, and early thromboembolism prophylaxis.Hospital costs were assessed for each patient based on the number of days spent in different in-hospital facilities using local hospital charges.

RESULTS: The mean costs of hospitalization were $23 352 (standard deviation 27 827). The relationship between receiving more relevant processes of early stroke care and lower hospital costs followed a dose–response relationship. The adjusted costs were $24 566 (95% confidence interval 19 364–29 769) lower for patients who received 75–100% of the relevant processes of care compared with patients receiving 0–24%. All processes of care were associated with potential cost savings, except for early catheterization and early thromboembolism prophylaxis.

CONCLUSIONS: Early care in agreement with key guidelines recommendations for the management of patients with stroke may be associated with hospital savings.

TidsskriftInternational Journal of Stroke
Sider (fra-til)777-82
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2014

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