Natasha Kareem Brusco

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BACKGROUND Many inpatients receive little or no rehabilitation on weekends. Our aim was to determine what effect providing additional Saturday rehabilitation during inpatient rehabilitation had on functional independence, quality of life and length of stay compared to 5 days per week of rehabilitation. METHODS This was a multicenter, single-blind(More)
BACKGROUND Reducing patient length of stay is a high priority for health service providers. Preliminary information suggests additional Saturday rehabilitation services could reduce the time a patient stays in hospital by three days. This large trial will examine if providing additional physiotherapy and occupational therapy services on a Saturday reduces(More)
BACKGROUND Providing additional Saturday rehabilitation can improve functional independence and health related quality of life at discharge and it may reduce patient length of stay, yet the economic implications are not known. The aim of this study was to determine from a health service perspective if the provision of rehabilitation to inpatients on a(More)
On reviewing our recently published trial in BMC Medicine [1], we realised that there were some minor errors in the demographic data reported in Table 1 and in 2 sentences of the accompanying text. Specifically, our sample comprised 365 men, not 359 as reported, and there were some very minor differences in the numbers of participants reported in each(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous work showed that providing additional rehabilitation on a Saturday was cost effective in the short term from the perspective of the health service provider. This study aimed to evaluate if providing additional rehabilitation on a Saturday was cost effective at 12 months, from a health system perspective inclusive of private costs. (More)
BACKGROUND While it is common for an economic evaluation of health care to rely on trial participants for self-reported health service utilisation, there is variability in the accuracy of this data due to potential recall bias. The aim of this study was to quantify the level of recall bias in self-reported primary health care general practitioner (GP)(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate factors that predict discharge destination for patients making the transition from hospital to the community. METHODS Using a prospective cohort design, 696 patients from 11 Transition Care Programs were recruited. Baseline patient and program characteristics were considered for predicting discharge destination, functional status,(More)
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