Early supported discharge is a neurorehabilitation option for patients with acquired brain injury

Takeaway

  • Early supported discharge (ESD) is a potential viable alternative to inpatient rehabilitation (IPR) in patients with acquired brain injury (ABI), and provides the benefit of greater functional improvement, less caregiver burden and fewer medical complications.

Why this matters

  • ESD involves supported in-home rehabilitation treatment and has shown benefit for patients with stroke, but few studies have evaluated ESD in non-stroke ABI populations.

  • This study provides evidence that ESD for medically stable patients with ABI could achieve improved functional, psychological, and caregiver outcomes, similar to conventional IPR.