Effect of gender on stroke management in Glasgow

McInnes, C., McAlpine, C. and Walters, M. (2008) Effect of gender on stroke management in Glasgow. Age and Ageing, 37(2), pp. 220-222.

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Abstract

SIR—Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability [1]. However, its impact can be attenuated by judicious use of proven acute [3] and secondary preventative [5] strategies. There is evidence from across Europe and North America that sex differences may exist in the management of a variety of cardiovascular conditions [6–9] including stroke [10–13]. Available data suggests that women with stroke may be less likely than men to receive optimal antithrombotic therapy, carotid revascularisation or appropriate imaging. Such potential for gender bias is a source of significant concern and we read with interest Dr Rudd's recent report in this journal [14] which did not find evidence of systematic gender bias within the sentinel audit of stroke services in England and Wales. We sought to investigate any potential gender discrepancy in use of stroke interventions using a subset of data from a national audit of stroke care in Scotland.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Walters, Professor Matthew
Authors: McInnes, C., McAlpine, C., and Walters, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Age and Ageing
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0002-0729
ISSN (Online):1468-2834

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