For many stroke patients, post-acute care at an inpatient rehabilitation facility or a skilled nursing facility is not an option due to financial barriers. The acute stroke interval serves as the location of intensive post-stroke rehabilitation, functioning as an early opportunity for structured recovery protocols.
The Stroke Rehabilitation Service Line (SRSL) at UT Southwestern Medical Center was created as an integration of acute stroke care and post-stroke rehabilitation. This unique paradigm is PM&R led, and supported by physician leaders in Vascular Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurocritical Care, and Neuroradiology.
Goals of the SRSL are to provide intensive rehabilitation therapies for patients who may not have the ability to receive post-acute care, and improve outcomes for patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation facility care by providing a seamless transition from the acute care hospital.
Determine identification and recruitment of stakeholders to create an effective Stroke Rehabilitation Service Line.
Establish outcome measures that are meaningful to acute care and post-acute care teams.
Select essential strategies to maintain stakeholder participation in a Stroke Rehabilitation Service Line.