J Korean Med Sci.  2012 Jun;27(6):691-696. 10.3346/jkms.2012.27.6.691.

Korean Brain Rehabilitation Registry for Rehabilitation of Persons with Brain Disorders: Annual Report in 2009

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Rehabilitation Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Myongji Choonhey Rehabilitation Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
  • 5Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ajou University College of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
  • 6Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. tairyoon@snu.ac.kr
  • 9Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 10Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea Medical School, Seoul, Korea.
  • 11Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 12Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju, Korea.
  • 13Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Pusan, Korea.
  • 14Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wonkwang University College of Medicine, Iksan, Korea.
  • 15Department of Rehabilitation Standard and Policy, National Rehabilitation Center Research Institute, Seoul, Korea.


This first annual report provides a description of patients discharged from rehabilitation facilities in Korea based on secondary data analysis of Korean Brain Rehabilitation Registry V1.0 subscribed in 2009. The analysis included 1,697 records of patients with brain disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor and other disorders from 24 rehabilitation facilities across Korea. The data comprised 1,380 cases of stroke, 104 cases of brain injury, 55 cases of brain tumor, and 58 cases of other brain diseases. The functional status of each patient was measured using the Korean version of the Modified Barthel Index (KMBI). The average change in the KMBI score was 15.9 for all patients in the inpatient rehabilitation facility. The average length of stay for inpatient rehabilitation was 36.9 days. The transfer rates to other hospitals were high, being 62.4% when all patients were considered. Patients with brain disorders of Korea in 2009 and measurable functional improvement was observed in patients. However, relatively high percentages of patients were not discharged to the community after inpatient rehabilitation. Based on the results of this study, consecutive reports of the status of rehabilitation need to be conducted in order to provide useful information to many practitioners.


Registries; Rehabilitation; Korea; Brain
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