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Their functional outcomes have not declined.

That mortality increased in every the impairment groups would indicate that some aspect influencing mortality can be common to different diagnostic groupings. Potential factors linked to elevated mortality such as more comorbidities, older age, or lower admission Functional Independence Measure score weren’t different significantly, he writes. The medical stability of the patients admitted over this time around may have changed due to the pressure to diminish the acute treatment LOS and to move sufferers to inpatient rehabilitation previously in their recovery.