The process ruling length of stay (LOS) in hospitals is complex, and changes over time in LOS have not been explored. The purpose of the study was to examine differences in LOS, use of and satisfaction with health-related services, and capacity in activities of daily living (ADLs) during the first year post stroke in 2 groups of patients with mild to moderate stroke who received care in the same stroke unit.
The patients (1993/96, n=40; 2006/07, n=43) in this study received care in the stroke unit at Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden. Data on LOS and on the use of health-related services were collected from the Stockholm County Council computerized registers. Satisfaction with health related services was assessed using a questionnaire covering different dimensions of care, while ADLs were assessed using Katz Extended Index of ADL.
The LOS in the stroke unit was shorter in the 2006-2007 group (median 8 days) compared to the 1993-1996 group (13 days) (P