The effect of critical pathways on length of stay for cerebrovascular accident patients
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Lynne N. Hektor
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The purpose of this study was to (a) determine the effect of a critical pathway on the length of hospital stay for patients diagnosed with cerebrovascular accident, and (b) identify the variances associated with delayed length of stay for patients admitted after the implementation of the critical pathway. The sample included 34 patients (Male = 14; Female = 20) diagnosed with either hemorrhagic cerebrovascular (n = 4) or non-hemorrhagic (n = 30) accidents. The mean age was 68 years. A t-test comparing the length of stay for patients admitted to the hospital before (Mean = 8.59, SD = 4.95) and after the implementation of the critical pathway (Mean = 8.71, SD = 3.18) indicate that the critical pathway did not reduce the length of stay, t(32) = -.08, p > .05. Variances associated with extended length of stay for patients admitted after the implementation of the critical pathway included delays in discharge due to patient (23.5%), placement (17.6%), and provider (11.8%).
DiRocco, Dianne Boyer, "The effect of critical pathways on length of stay for cerebrovascular accident patients" (1995). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2823.
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