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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Accurate information about hospital resource utilization is necessary for management of healthcare service. The purpose of this study was to determine the demographic and clinical predictors of length of hospital stay (LOS) of acute care hospitalization for first-ever ischemic stroke patients. METHODS A group of 330 patients who(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of oxygen therapy in acute ischemic stroke remains undetermined. OBJECTIVE To investigate the feasibility of eubaric hyperoxia therapy by Venturi mask (VM) in a group of patients who experienced a severe acute ischemic stroke. DESIGN Patients experiencing a first-ever large middle cerebral artery infarction were recruited within 48(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Successful acute stroke intervention depends on early hospital presentation. Our study aimed to examine the extent of and factors associated with prehospital delays after acute stroke in Taiwan, where people are new to thrombolytic therapy for stroke. METHODS Data were prospectively collected from 196 patients admitted with acute(More)
OBJECTIVE For 3,670 stroke patients from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Belgium, and Italy, we performed a genome-wide meta-analysis of white matter hyperintensity volumes (WMHV) on data imputed to the 1000 Genomes reference dataset to provide insights into disease mechanisms. METHODS We first sought to identify genetic associations with(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to report 3-year survival and causes of death of first-ever ischemic stroke stratified by initial stroke severity. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING From September 1998 to October 1999, 360 acute first-ever ischemic stroke patients consecutively admitted were followed up prospectively. Patients' vital status and causes of death were identified(More)
OBJECTIVE Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of stroke management was evaluated in three care models: Neurology/Rehabilitation wards (NW), Neurosurgery wards (NS), and General/miscellaneous wards (GW) under a universal health insurance system. METHODS From 1997 to 2002, subjects with first-ever acute stroke were sampled from claims data of a nationally(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Stroke is one of the causes of prolonged hospital stay (PHS) in Taiwan. This study aimed to examine the magnitude and associated factors for such prolonged stays. METHODS Patients admitted between 1997 and 2002 with the principal diagnosis of acute cerebrovascular diseases were identified from the claims data of a nationally(More)
BACKGROUND Seizures are important neurological complications of ischemic stroke. There is a need to further clarify the risk factors of seizures following ischemic stroke and predict those who will require treatment. METHODS One hundred and forty-three (143) first-time ischemic stroke patients were enrolled in this one-year (2002) retrospective study.(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and mortality in Taiwan, resulting in a tremendous burden on the healthcare system. The purpose of this study was to characterize disease burden by evaluating readmissions, mortality, and medical cost during the first year after acute stroke under the National Health Insurance (NHI) program. (More)