Article Title

Relationships between initial motor assessment scale scores and length of stay, mobility at discharge and discharge destination after stroke

Abstract

Purpose: This retrospective audit explored the relationships between Motor Assessment Scale (MAS) scores on admission and patient outcomes including length of stay (LOS), mobility at discharge and discharge destination from an Australian stroke unit.

Methods: The dataset included 239 individuals admitted to a stroke rehabilitation unit between June 2001 and January 2007, Associations between variables (admission and discharge scores for total MAS and MAS mobility items 1-5, LOS, discharge destination and mobility at discharge) were examined. Regression analyses were used to assess the ability of the MAS to predict discharge destination and mobility status at discharge and the influence of other factors such as age, type and side of stroke and gender.

Results: Poor mobility on admission was significantly associated with longer LOS (r =-,716, p

Conclusions: This study provides further evidence for the utility of MAS admission scores to predict some outcomes in an older cohort of stroke survivors.

Keywords

prediction, stroke, motor assessment scale, length of stay, discharge destination, walking function

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