A randomized trial of team care following stroke

Sharon Wood-Dauphinee, Stanley Shapiro, Edward Bass, Claudette Fletcher, Pamela Georges, Valerie Hensby, Bernice Mendelsohn

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A randomized controlled trial was conducted to examine the effects of interdisciplinary team care on acute hospitalized stroke patients. After obtaining baseline information on 42 stroke victims receiving conventional care in a general hospital, 130 stroke patients were stratified and randomly assigned either to Traditional or Tea m care. Assessments by independent evalua tors permitted comparisons between Team and Traditional groups with reference to patient survival, motor performance and functional abilities. Data obtained prospectively from charts and treatment logs allowed the care process across groups to be compared. Results demonstrated that Team and Traditional patients fared similarly in survival. However there was an unexpected difference in survival depending upon sex. For motor performance, male survivors performed better with Team care and female survivors with the Traditional method. In terms of functional abilities, male patients receiving Team care again performed better than their Traditional counterparts, whereas in women there was no difference between the treatment groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)864
Number of pages1
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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