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Type: Journal article
Title: Inequities in access to inpatient rehabilitation after stroke: an international scoping review
Author: Lynch, E.
Cadilhac, D.
Luker, J.
Hillier, S.
Citation: Topics in stroke rehabilitation, 2017; 24(8):619-626
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1074-9357
1945-5119
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Elizabeth A. Lynch, Dominique A. Cadilhac, Julie A. Luker, Susan L.
Abstract: Background: Inequities in accessing inpatient rehabilitation after stroke have been reported in many countries and impact on patient outcomes. Objective: To explore variation in international recommendations regarding which patients should receive inpatient rehabilitation after stroke and to describe reported access to rehabilitation. Methods: A scoping review was conducted to identify clinical guidelines with recommendations regarding which patients should access inpatient rehabilitation after stroke, and data regarding the proportion of patients accessing stroke rehabilitation. Four bibliographic databases and grey literature were searched. Results: Twenty-eight documents were included. Selection criteria for post-acute inpatient rehabilitation were identified for 14 countries or regions and summary data on the proportion of patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation were identified for 14 countries. In Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, it is recommended that all patients with stroke symptoms should access rehabilitation, whereas guidelines from the United States, Canada, and Europe did not consistently recommend rehabilitation for people with severe stroke. Access to inpatient rehabilitation ranged from 13% in Sweden to 57% in Israel. Differences in availability of early supported discharge/home rehabilitation programs and variations in reporting methods may influence the ability to reliably compare access to rehabilitation between regions. Conclusion: Recommendations regarding which patients with moderate and severe strokes should access ongoing rehabilitation are inconsistent. Clinical practice guidelines from different countries regarding post-stroke rehabilitation do not always reflect the evidence regarding the likely benefits to people with stroke. Inequity in access to rehabilitation after stroke is an international issue.
Keywords: Stroke; access; clinical practice guideline; rehabilitation
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0030074915
DOI: 10.1080/10749357.2017.1366010
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1077898
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1063761
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1052524
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