This study evaluated variations in functional outcome for patients participating in a multidisciplinary
acute inpatient rehabilitation program specific for brain tumors at a free standing acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
Data was collected retrospectively for 45 patients with brain tumors admitted for inpatient rehabilitation from
January 1, 2008 to May 1, 2009. Primary outcome measure included Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score on
admission and discharge based on discharge disposition and acute oncological treatment group. Data was collected
regarding length of stay and general patient demographic information.
Patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation while participating in inpatient rehabilitation had the greatest
statistically significant gains in ΔFIM, FIM-D, ΔFIM-T, discharge FIM-T, discharge FIM-M, and FIM-E. Patients who
discharged to home for continued aggressive treatment had greatest gains in ΔFIM, FIM-D, ΔFIM-T, discharge FIM-T,
ΔFIM-M, discharge FIM-M, and FIM-E. Correlation data was also established between several variables.
Inpatient rehabilitation stay for brain tumor patients resulted in improvements of FIM score for all
disposition and acute oncological treatment groups, though statistically significant differences were noted within groups.
Greatest improvements were noted for patients receiving both chemotherapy and radiation therapy and patients who
discharged to home for continued aggressive oncological treatment.