Racial Differences in the Utilization of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services Among Elderly Stroke Patients

Published In: Stroke, v. 28, no. 1, Jan. 1997, p. 19-25

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1997

by Ronnie D. Horner, Helen Hoenig, Richard J. Sloane, Lisa V. Rubenstein, Katherine L. Kahn

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Examines racial differences in the use of inpatient rehabilitation services among elderly stroke patients. The study was conducted in a nationally representative sample of about 2,500 black and white Medicare patients, aged 65 years or older, who were hospitalized at any of 297 acute-care hospitals located in 30 communities within five states. The major conclusion of this study was that those elderly black and white stroke patients who have Medicare coverage have similar patterns of use of inpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy services, and no evidence of discrimination by race exists in this population. This is good news and demonstrates that who you are does not have a big effect on what you get.

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