Stroke Patients Under Neurologists’ Care Have Better Outcomes


Medpage Today’s John Gever reports that individual’s suffering from stroke fair better if their primary care physician is a neurologist, stating they “were less likely to die or need a second hospitalization.”

While the study showed no significant differences in mortality rates while in the hospital, it did show that neurologists tend to keep patients in the hospital for a longer period than other physicians. Gever wrote “Neurologist-treated stroke patients had a 14% lower rate of 30-day mortality and a 7% lower rate of 30-day readmission, according to a review of Medicare records reported by Judith Lichtman, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Yale, at the American Academy of Neurology meeting.”

According to the article, “It’s possible that [the patients cared for by other specialists] may be more complex cases, maybe they had other acute events that were going on at the same time. That we haven’t been able to look at very closely,” Dr. Lichtman said.

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About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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