Higher Stroke Unit Volume Associated With Improved Quality of Early Stroke Care and Reduced Length of Stay

Stroke AHA Journals: September 13, 2012

Specialized stroke unit care improves outcome among patients with stroke, but it is unclear whether there are any scale advantages in costs and clinical outcome from treating a larger number of patients. We examined whether the case volume in stroke units was associated with quality of early stroke care, mortality, and hospital bed-day use.

Methods—In a nationwide population-based cohort study, we identified 63 995 patients admitted to stroke units in Denmark between 2003 and 2009. Data on exposure, outcome, and covariates were collected prospectively. Comparisons were clustered within stroke units and adjusted for patient and hospital characteristics. Read more