Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the
leading cause of long-term disability in the United
States (U.S.). Post-discharge care has been shown to be
vital in preventing long-term morbidity and improving
functionality and quality of life for stroke patients.
The most appropriate post-discharge rehabilitation care
(PDRC) setting for stroke patients depends on several
factors including the patient's clinical profile, patient
preferences, provider recommendations, and proximity to
available resources. Limited evidence suggests geographic
as well as racial and ethnic disparities in receipt of
PDRC. We sought to examine the following research
- Are there differences in the provision and type of
PDRC received post-discharge by rurality and
race/ethnicity among stroke survivors?
- Is distance between the patient's home and the
discharge hospital related to the type of PDRC
- Are factors such as initial hospital admission
(transfer from other hospital vs. referral from primary
care vs. direct admission from emergency departments)
related to PDRC provision and type?