Transitions of care for stroke and TIA

Helena N. Haynes, Matthew J. Gallek, Kate G. Sheppard, Kendra W. Drake, Leslie S. Ritter

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify elements of a stroke population that may affect transitions of care (TOC). Data sources: A retrospective analysis of the demographic characteristics of patients from an urban primary stroke center with an admitting diagnosis of transient ischemic attack, acute ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or intracerebral hemorrhage was performed over an 8-month period (N = 276). A subset of this patient sample participated in a telephone survey 1 month after discharge. Conclusion: Hospital length of stay, age, insurance status, discharge disposition, comorbidities, and readmission rates were identified as important elements affecting TOC for stroke and TIA. Information from patient surveys indicated that emotional health, follow-up with care providers, stroke education, and point of contact are important elements during the transition periods after stroke and TIA. Implications for practice: Both providers and patients should inform the development of a comprehensive TOC program that spans in-hospital to multiple care settings, including the home, which is essential. The advanced practice nurse is ideally suited to successfully lead these programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-567
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Ischemic stroke
  • TIA
  • Transitions of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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