J Korean Geriatr Soc.  2007 Mar;11(1):24-30.

The Discharge Destinations of Geriatric Stroke Patients Admitted in the University Hospitals

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, College of Medicine. zilee@cu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kyungpook National University, College of Medicine.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to investigate discharge destinations and outcomes of geriatric stroke patients in university hospitals, and to examine their correlates and variables.
METHODS
A total of 24 subjects, who were admitted between January and June 2006 in two university hospitals in Daegu, were enrolled in this prospective study. Data on demographic factors, socioeconomic factors, clinical, functional status and discharge destinations of patients were documented. Pearson's chi square test and t-test were used for statistic analysis.
RESULTS
Ten patients were discharged to the community(their own home: 7, offspring's home: 3) and 14 patients were discharged to other hospitals(rehabilitation hospitals or nursing home:12, oriental medicine hospitals: 2) Analysis revealed that discharge destinations had significant correlations with severity of cognitive function, severity of speech disturbance, admission FIM scores and discharge FIM scores(p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS
Large part(75%) of geriatric stroke patients could not return to pre-stroke living situations. Their discharge destinations were associated with cognitive function, speech disturbance, admission and discharge FIM scores. Recognizing these correlations could be helpful for appropriate intervention to geriatric stroke patients during admission for more comprehensive rehabilitational management.

Keyword

Discharge destinations; Stroke; Geriatrics; Rehabilitation
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