Second-Order Peer Reviews of Clinically Relevant Articles for the Physiatrist: Additional Weekend Therapy May Reduce Length of Rehabilitation Stay After Stroke
The primary goal of the article by English et al.1 was to determine whether additional weekend therapy (physiotherapy [PT] and/or occupational therapy [OT]) reduced the length of rehabilitation stay compared with weekday-only therapy in people with stroke. The secondary goals of the article were to determine whether additional weekend therapy improved walking and activities of daily living at discharge and health-related quality of life at 6 mos after discharge and lastly which characteristics were associated with shorter length of rehabilitation stay.
Both length of stay and patient outcomes at discharge are considered important indicators that dictate the efficiency of a health service, including rehabilitation. Thus, the scope of this article has important implications in determining an ideal model of rehabilitation that functions to reduce the length of stay and improve patient outcomes.