This study examined the relationship between provision of assistive technology devices (ATDs) and healthcare consumption and outcomes in a system that does not limit provision of ATDs to in-home use and determined how the provision of ATDs relates to inpatient/outpatient use and costs of services for veterans 12 months poststroke. This retrospective study used Department of Veterans Affairs administrative/workload databases to identify veterans with stroke. We found that providing mobility ATDs to veterans predicts greater functional gain while in the hospital and, most notably, greater outpatient visits, indicating these devices may enable better outpatient healthcare. However, ATD recipients did have longer length of stay.
Volume 48 Number 2, 2011
Pages 125 — 134
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