Are there temporal trends in case fatality, discharge destination, and admission to long-term care after acute stroke?

Takeaway

  • Stroke case fatality rates decreased substantially, with discharge to home and rehabilitation increasing in tandem, supporting global improvements in stroke outcomes in the first two decades of the 21st century.

Why this matters

    Although there has been a global decrease in mortality from stroke over the last 30 years, areas of uncertainty remain with regards to temporal trends in stroke case fatality. This large population-based study found a dramatic reduction in short and long-term case fatality after both acute ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) over 15 years (2003–2017) in Ontario, Canada.