Association between prestroke disability and inpatient mortality and length of acute hospital stay after acute stroke

Chun S Kwok, Allan Clark, Gary A Ford, Ramesh Durairaj, Anand K Dixit, John Davis, Anil K Sharma, John F Potter, Phyo K Myint

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OBJECTIVES: To examine the prognostic value of prestroke disability in predicting inpatient mortality and length of hospital stay (LOS) independent of age, sex, and stroke type and severity.

DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected stroke registers.

SETTING: United Kingdom.

PARTICIPANTS: Fourteen thousand four hundred thirty-seven individuals (52.9% female, mean age 75.4 ± 12.1) with stroke (82% ischemic) admitted to three university hospitals.

MEASUREMENTS: Data were examined from three hospital registers: Aintree (2005-2010), Newcastle (2000-2005), and Norwich (1997-2010). Risk of inpatient death and prolonged hospital stay according to prestroke disability using the modified Rankin Score (mRs) were assessed using logistic regression adjusting for age, sex, and stroke subtype (ischemic vs hemorrhagic) and severity.

RESULTS: Inpatient death was 20.8%. In fully adjusted models, higher prestroke mRs was associated with significantly greater risk of mortality (for mRs = 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 vs mRs = 0: odds ratio (OR)=1.28, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.09-1.50; OR = 1.50, 95% CI = 1.29-1.75; OR = 1.85, 95% CI = 1.60-2.13; OR = 2.56, 95% CI = 2.15-3.04; and OR = 4.48, 95% CI = 3.47-5.80, respectively). The relationship appeared to be linear, and each point increase in mRs equated to being approximately 5 years older. Although age and stroke type appear to be strong independent predictors of LOS, premorbid mRs also predicted longer LOS regardless of discharge status. The predictability of the model using these parameters was very good (receiver operating characteristic: 0.82 for death and 0.65-0.70 for LOS).

CONCLUSION: Prestroke disability predicts inpatient death and LOS, independent of age, sex, and stroke type and severity. Whether this is related to mental or physical disability should be examined in future prospective studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-732
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number4
Early online date8 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012



  • aged
  • aged, 80 and over
  • disability evaluation
  • disabled persons
  • female
  • Great Britain
  • hospital mortality
  • humans
  • length of stay
  • male
  • middle aged
  • prognosis
  • retrospective studies
  • risk factors
  • stroke

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