Stroke presentation and hospital management: comparison of neighbouring healthcare systems with differing health policies.

Vivienne Crawford, John Dinsmore, Robert Stout, C. Donnellan, D. O'Neill, H. McGee

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Abstract

Background: Acute stroke care is shaped by healthcare policies. Differing policies in similar populations allow for assessment of policy impact on health and healthcare outcomes. Aims: To compare stroke presentation and hospital care in two adjacent healthcare systems with differing healthcare policies. Methods: Interviews and chart review of consecutive acute stroke admissions in Northern Ireland (n=103) and the Republic of Ireland (n=100). Results: Marked regional contrasts were evident for key aspects of hospital care. Northern Ireland performed significantly better on 15 of 16 quality of care (Sentinel Audit) items. Delivery on standards was significantly better in Northern Ireland for early assessment (Northern Ireland 72%; Republic of Ireland 54%, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2143-2148
Number of pages6
JournalStroke
Volume40
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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