Nine out of ten patients report improvements after inpatient rehabilitation stay: CIHI

WHAT: Inpatient Rehabilitation in Canada, 2005-06

May, 2007 – A new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that in 2005-06, 91% of patients discharged from a rehabilitation hospital or facility were able to achieve an appropriate level of functional independence by the end of their stay, and that most were able to return home. Inpatient Rehabilitation in Canada, 2005-06, CIHI’s fourth annual report on rehabilitation services in Canada, is based on data for over 30,000 patients in participating facilities in seven provinces.

The report found that the largest group of patients (49%) was made up of those admitted to rehabilitation for an orthopedic condition; those recovering from a stroke (16%) made up the second-largest group. The vast majority (92%) of inpatient rehabilitation patients were transferred from acute care, and over half (55%) were admitted on the same day they were determined to be clinically ready for rehabilitation. These trends are similar to what was seen in previous years. The median length of stay in inpatient rehabilitation was 17 days in 2005-06, down from 19 days in 2004-05.

Report Issued on April 24, 2007

Overview and download report Inpatient Rehabilitation in Canada, 2005-2006.

About CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI’s goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable information. CIHI’s data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.