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Assessment of Rehabilitation Technologies in Stroke: Outcomes and Costs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 March 2009

Ursula Hass
Linköping University
Jan Persson
Linköping University
Håkan Brodin
Linköping University
Ingrid Fredén-Karlsson
The Primary Health Care Center of Skäggertorp, Linköping
Jan-Edvin Olsson
University Hospital, Linköping
Inger Berg
University Hospital, Linköping


Initial functional ability (Barthel Index, mean 57) was found to be an important predictor of functional ability 1 year after stroke (mean 80) and for costs during the period. On average the total cost for a stroke patient was about SEK 200,000; the main expense, accommodation, averaged about SEK 140,000, while assistive devices amounted to SEK 2,600. Those who use assistive devices, although having achieved a high functional ability, perceive and rate their life situation (Nottingham Health Profile) considerably more impaired than those without assistive devices.

Special Section: Technology and Disability
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995

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