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Variations in Acute Hospital Stroke Care and Factors Influencing Adherence to Quality Indicators in 6 European Audits
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2015 (English)In: Stroke, ISSN 0039-2499, E-ISSN 1524-4628, Vol. 46, no 2, 579-581 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background and Purpose-We compared compliance with standards of acute stroke care between 6 European audits and identified factors associated with delivery of appropriate care. Methods-Data were derived from stroke audits in Germany, Poland, Scotland, Catalonia, Sweden, and England/Wales/Northern-Ireland participating within the European Implementation Score (EIS) collaboration. Associations between demographic and clinical characteristics with adherence to predefined quality indicators were investigated by hierarchical logistic regression analyses. Results-In 2007/2008 data from 329 122 patients with stroke were documented. Substantial variations in adherence to quality indicators were found; older age was associated with a lower probability of receiving thrombolytic therapy, anticoagulant therapy, or stroke unit treatment and a higher probability of being tested for dysphagia. Women were less likely to receive anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy or stroke unit treatment. No major weekend effect was found. Conclusions-Detected variations in performance of acute stroke services were found. Differences in adherence to quality indicators might indicate population subgroups with specific needs for improving care delivery.

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2015. Vol. 46, no 2, 579-581 p.
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health services research, quality indicators, health care, quality of healthcare, stroke care
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100957DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.007504ISI: 000348437800061PubMedID: 25550369OAI: diva2:796689
Available from: 2015-03-20 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved

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