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The Length of Stay of In-Patient Stroke Discharges in Irish Acute Hospitals


  • Conor Keegan

    (Trinity College Dublin)

  • Samantha Smith

    (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin; Trinity College Dublin)


Stroke imposes an important economic burden worldwide and acute in-patient care accounts for a large proportion of costs in the first year following stroke. Length of stay (LOS) is regarded as a key determinant of in-patient costs and the primary focus of this study is to examine associations between LOS of acute stroke discharges and a range of individual and system level factors. Specific focus is placed on the association between stroke units and LOS. Results indicate associations between a number of policy-relevant variables and LOS including among others, MRSA infection, availability of brain imaging and discharge destination. We find some evidence that acute stroke units are associated with lower LOS however these findings should be interpreted carefully.

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  • Conor Keegan & Samantha Smith, 2013. "The Length of Stay of In-Patient Stroke Discharges in Irish Acute Hospitals," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 44(3), pages 351-370.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:44:y:2013:i:3:p:351-370

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    1. Smith, Samantha & Walsh, Brendan & Wren, Maev-Ann & Barron, Steve & Morgenroth, Edgar & Eighan, James & Lyons, Seán, 2019. "Geographic profile of healthcare needs and non-acute healthcare supply in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS90, December.
    2. Walsh, Brendan & Wren, Maev-Ann & Smith, Samantha & Lyons, Seán & Eighan, James & Morgenroth, Edgar, 2019. "An analysis of the effects on Irish hospital care of the supply of care inside and outside the hospital," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS91, December.

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    in-patient care; public health; Ireland;


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