Objective: Stroke is a major health problem due to its high mortality and disability rate. The problem tends to increase in especially rapidly aging populations. Variations in total cost depend on age, presence of comorbid conditions, several factors influencing the disease severity, and stroke subtypes.
Methods: In this study, the costs of diagnostic procedures, treatment, and medical care have been evaluated in 99 hospitalized patients admitted to intensive care unit and neurology clinical wards between April 30th, 2004 and August 13th, 2004.
Results: The mean length of hospital stay in intensive care unit was 9 days (range: 1-37 days) whereas it was 13 days (range: 2-44 days) in neurology ward. The mean value of total cost was 1,367.29 USD (range: 208.91-7,764.18 USD).
Discussion: There was a significant correlation between total cost and length of hospital stay. Total intensive care cost and treatment cost have increased with higher National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores. Whereas diagnostic work-up for etiological determination was considered to increase the cost in neurology ward. (Archives of Neuropsychiatry 2012; 49: 172-177)