Table 4 Summary of univariate discharge and outcome variables
Discharge process and outcome variablesPre-programme(n = 703)n (%)Post-programme(PP) (n = 884)n (%)Stroke unit care PP (n = 712)n (%)
Number discharged (%)†626 (89)795 (90)655 (92)**
Discharge process indicators
    Discharge strategy (if discharged)§332 (56)526 (69)*440 (70)
    Antithrombotic agent if ischaemic stroke and not previously taking antithrombotics200 (57)253 (63)223 (65)*
    Self-management care plan (if discharged)‡68 (11)179 (23)*162 (25)*
    Evidence of patient education if no self- management plan108 (25) ¶182 (34)*††166 (38)*††
Discharge outcome variables
    Length of stay median (Q1,Q3) (all cases)‡‡9 (5, 18)9 (5, 19)10 (6, 20)
    Discharge delay‡108 (18)129 (16)119 (18)
    Independent at discharge (mRS 0–1)‡141 (20)206 (24)*177 (25)*
    Medical complications‡
    Falls77 (11)60 (7)*49 (7)*
    Aspiration pneumonia34 (5)45 (5)36 (5)
    Urinary tract infections85 (12)87(10)75 (11)
    Decubitus ulcers16 (2)9 (1) **7 (1)
    Any severe complication70 (10)62 (7)*40 (6)*
Discharge destination (survivors)‡
    Home/relatives home269 (44)407 (52)*336 (52)*
    Rehabilitation193 (31)200 (26)*171 (27) **
    Aged care facility157 (25)179 (23)138 (21)
  • *p<0.05; **p<0.07. †<1% missing; ‡<3% missing; §<5% missing; ¶<10% missing data; ††22% of data missing; ‡‡no adjustments for outliers were made.