Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Science


Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Dr. Mark Speechley

2nd Supervisor

Dr. Robert Teasell

Joint Supervisor


Stroke is often a severe and debilitating event that requires ongoing rehabilitation. The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Teams (CSRT) offer home-based stroke rehabilitation to individuals for whom further therapy is unavailable or inaccessible. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the CSRT program compared with a ‘No Therapy’ cohort. Data was collected on CSRT clients from January 2012 to February 2013. Comparator data were derived from a study of stroke survivors with limited access to rehabilitation. Literature derived values were used to inform a long-term projection. Using Markov modelling, we projected the model for 35 years. One-way, two-way, and Probabilistic Sensitivity Analyses were performed. Results demonstrate that the CSRT has a Net Monetary Benefit of $43,115 over No Therapy, and is both less costly and more effective. The CSRT model of care should be considered when evaluating potential stroke rehabilitation delivery methods.