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Is primary care a neglected piece of the jigsaw in ensuring optimal stroke care? Results of a national study.

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posted on 22.11.2019 by David L. Whitford, Anne Hickey, Frances Horgan, Bernadette O'Sullivan, Hannah McGee, Desmond O'Neill

BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of mortality and morbidity with potential for improved care and prevention through general practice. A national survey was undertaken to determine current resources and needs for optimal stroke prevention and care.

METHODS: Postal survey of random sample of general practitioners undertaken (N = 204; 46% response). Topics included practice organisation, primary prevention, acute management, secondary prevention, long-term care and rehabilitation.

RESULTS: Service organisation for both primary and secondary prevention was poor. Home management of acute stroke patients was used at some stage by 50% of responders, accounting for 7.3% of all stroke patients. Being in a structured cardiovascular management scheme, a training practice, a larger practice, or a practice employing a practice nurse were associated with structures and processes likely to support stroke prevention and care.

CONCLUSION: General practices were not fulfilling their potential to provide stroke prevention and long-term management. Systems of structured stroke management in general practice are essential to comprehensive national programmes of stroke care.

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Whitford DL, Hickey A, Horgan F, O'Sullivan B, McGee H, O'Neill D. Is primary care a neglected piece of the jigsaw in ensuring optimal stroke care? Results of a national study. BMC Family Practice. 2009 Apr 29;10:27.

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29/04/2009

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19402908

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