Study: Neurohospitalists Reduced Hospital Average Length of Stay

Neurohospitalists helped reduce patients' length of stay in an academic medical center, according to a study in Neurology.

Researchers studied administrative data, educational surveys and standardized patient satisfaction surveys to determine differences in outcomes after a neurohospitalist service was introduced to one academic medical center. The researchers compared outcomes in the 21 months before the neurohospitalist program with outcomes in the 27 months after the introduction of the program in 2006.

When results were adjusted for diagnosis, admission source and severity of illness, they showed the average length of stay and cost were reduced after the neurohospitalist program was introduced.

There were no differences in mortality, readmission rates or patient satisfaction after the neurohospitalist program.

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