Inpatient rehabilitation outcome: A matter of diagnosis?

Maurizio Bejor, Francesca Chiara Ramella, Elena Dalla Toffola, Mario Comelli, Matteo Chiappedi

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Abstract

Background: Patients with comorbidities are becoming more and more common in Ital- ian rehabilitative wards. These comorbidities are considered a major problem for inpatient rehabilitation, due to the fact that they cause longer lengths of stay, higher costs, and lower functional results. Methods: To investigate the possible relationships between comorbidity, functional impairment, age, and type of discharge in patients hospitalized in postacute rehabilitation facilities, we planned an observational study. A total of 178 consecutive inpatients (average age: 78 years [range: 39-99]) from postacute rehabilitation facilities were recruited. Primary diagnosis, comorbidity rating (Cumulative Illness Rating Scale - Geriatric version, CIRS-G) and functional impairment score (Functional Independence Measure, FIM™) were evaluated at admission. The FIM™ rating was also assessed at hospital discharge. Results: A total of 178 of the 199 enrolled patients completed the rehabilitation treatment (89.4%). The average length of stay was 46 ± 24 days. CIRS-G showed an average comorbidity score for each patient of 4.45 ± 1.69. The average FIM™ rating was 79 ± 24.88 at admission, and 91.9 ± 25.7 at discharge. Diagnosis at admission (grouped according to the International Classification of Diseases 9-CM) seemed to correlate with functional results, since lower rehabilitative efficiency was obtained for patients who had a history of stroke. Conclusion: The number and type of comorbidities (CIRS-G) in rehabilitation inpatients do not seem to affect functional outcomes of treatment. The determining factor for a lower level of functional recovery seems to be the diagnosis at admission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalNeuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 16 2013

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Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Inpatients
  • Outcome
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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