Early Supported Discharge

Early Supported Discharge (ESD) is defined in the Quality Based Procedures (QBP): Clinical Handbook for Stroke (p. 109) as “a form of rehabilitation designed to accelerate the transition from hospital to home through the provision of rehabilitation therapies delivered by an interprofessional team in the community. It is intended as an alternative to a complete course of inpatient rehabilitation and is most suitable for patients recovering from mild to moderate stroke. ESD should include services provided by a well-resourced, specialized, interprofessional team whose work is coordinated with regular team meetings. Services should be provided five days per week at the same level of intensity as in the inpatient setting, and may act as a transition point to ambulatory or community stroke rehabilitation as appropriate. All patients should be given appropriate cross-continuum prevention assessment and therapies.”


Ontario Stroke Network Resources

OSN’s Provincial Integrated Working Group Early Supported Discharge Final Report
Early Supported Discharge Literature Review
OSN Backgrounder on ESD
ESD Core Elements Table
ESD Sample Business Case


Alberta Health Services, Calgary Early Supported Discharge Program Videos

No Place Like Home: Client Experience of Stroke Early Supported Discharge

Part 1: https://youtu.be/lzm8UvwPWAk
Part 2: https://youtu.be/dyBeFcm1oQI

 Stroke Early Supported Discharge Healthcare Providers https://youtu.be/rQJmcCpZ1Xo