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A Visit with Dr. Timothy Reistetter

by by Jim and Lynda Guidry at, May 5, 2014

Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. Timothy Reistetter, an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who is the lead author on research which found that rehabilitation outcomes for people who have had a stroke vary greatly depending on where they live in the United States.

The study was recently published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

"Regional variations are a pretty common and popular issue right now in health care reform," Dr. Reistetter said, noting that May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

The researchers studied Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services records from 143,036 patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation during 2006 and 2007. Research focused on length of stay, functional status (discharge motor and cognitive status, overall functional change) and the percentage of patients discharged to the community.

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