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BackgroundDeterminants of length of stay (LOS) on hospital wards is important in many planning, policy, and decision problems. Furthermore, LOS is an important parameter for cost containment, and health managers maintain a strong focus on monitoring and reducing hospital LOS. In addition to being costly, excess LOS also expose the patient to unnecessary risk of in-hospital complications. MethodsWe analysed a data set of N = 1922 admissions to the stroke unit (SU) at Akershus University Hospitaldoi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-27834/v1 fatcat:7dmdpabilzb5xe2b22h3qumdmm