The authors investigated the relationships between the organisation of hospital stroke services, care quality and 30 day mortality in patients admitted with acute ischaemic stroke. Over one hundred hospitals in England within the Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme and 2010 Sentinel Stroke Audit took part, submitting data about over thirty-six thousand adults admitted with acute ischaemic stroke in 2010 / 2011.
Patients admitted to stroke services with higher levels of organisation were found to be more likely to receive high quality care, and those patients receiving high quality care had a reduced risk of death in the 30 days after stroke.
Bray, BD. Ayis, S. [and] Campbell, J. [et al] (2013). Associations between the organisation of stroke services, process of care, and mortality in England: prospective cohort study. BMJ (Clinical Research ed.), June 15th 2013; 346 (7912): 13. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].