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Does Postacute Care Site Matter? A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke

  • Anne Deutsch
    Corresponding author Anne Deutsch, RN, PhD, CRRN, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, 345 E. Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611.
    Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    RTI International, Washington, DC
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Published:February 22, 2013DOI:


      Patients with stroke may receive postacute rehabilitation services from one or more types of postacute care providers. An article in this issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation compares the outcomes of patients who received rehabilitation care from an inpatient rehabilitation facility, a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency, or did not receive any postacute care. This commentary discusses challenges in conducting this type of observation study.


      List of abbreviations:

      CARE (Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation), CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), HHA (home health agency), IRF (inpatient rehabilitation facility), PAC (postacute care), SNF (skilled nursing facility)
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