We thank the authors of the letter to the editor for their comments regarding our study. They argued that the effect sizes of earlier initiation of postoperative rehabilitation or larger daily amounts of rehabilitation on the Barthel Index (BI) in our study were statistically significant but not clinically significant. Their comments are based on the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) of the BI reported in 2 previous studies
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Establishing the minimal clinically important difference of the Barthel Index in stroke patients.
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2007; 21: 233-238
2: one reported the MICD of the BI in patients with stroke, and the other reported the MCID of the BI at 12 months after hip fracture surgery in patients without severe cognitive impairment.
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Validity and responsiveness of Barthel Index for measuring functional recovery after hemiarthroplasty for femoral neck fracture.
Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2018; 138: 1671-1677
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- Establishing the minimal clinically important difference of the Barthel Index in stroke patients.Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2007; 21: 233-238
- Validity and responsiveness of Barthel Index for measuring functional recovery after hemiarthroplasty for femoral neck fracture.Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2018; 138: 1671-1677
- Intensive in-hospital rehabilitation after hip fracture surgery and activities of daily living in patients with dementia: retrospective analysis of a nationwide inpatient database.Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019; 100: 2301-2307
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- Intensive In-hospital Rehabilitation After Hip Fracture Surgery and Activities of Daily Living in Patients With Dementia: Retrospective Analysis of a Nationwide Inpatient DatabaseArchives of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationVol. 101Issue 1
- PreviewWe read the article by Uda et al entitled “Intensive In-hospital Rehabilitation After Hip Fracture Surgery and Activities of Daily Living in Patients With Dementia: Retrospective Analysis of a Nationwide Inpatient Database.”1 The authors analyzed a large sample size (n=43,206) of the nationwide inpatient administrative claims and discharge database in Japan and examined whether earlier, more frequent, and larger daily amounts of postoperative rehabilitation on activities of daily living (ADL), measured by the 100-point Barthel Index (BI) scale, were effective for patients with dementia who underwent hip fracture surgery.