Permission to approach patients randomized to early supported discharge was then obtained from their hospital consultant and general practitioner before further consent was sought from patients and carers.
In addition, for those randomized to receive the early supported discharge service, the frequency and duration of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, district nursing, social work and home care visits were calculated from records kept by the early supported discharge team.
The costs incurred by the health and personal social services were calculated for stroke patients who received the early supported discharge service and for conventional care patients.
A number of outcome measures that cover the spectrum of the ICF (WHO, 2001) have been used to investigate the effect of home-based stroke rehabilitation, in particular that of the early supported discharge model as can be seen in Table 1.
2002): Early supported discharge of patients with acute stroke: a randomised controlled trial.