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Hasty transfers from stroke units are “jeopardising” recovery, audit finds

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4607 (Published 20 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4607
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Many patients who have had a stroke are transferred too quickly from specialist stroke units to intermediate care beds in non-specialist hospitals, jeopardising their recovery, says a new audit report by the Royal College of Physicians.

    Although acute care of patients who have had a stroke has improved, post-acute services have not kept up, says the report, which focused on follow-up care after patients are discharged.

    Access to long term rehabilitation services, especially those aimed at helping people return to work, is lacking, showed the audit, which was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, a consortium of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal …

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