Equality of access to “fast-track” stroke services in an older, socio-economically deprived Scottish population

Quinn, T.J. , Dawson, J. and Walters, M. (2010) Equality of access to “fast-track” stroke services in an older, socio-economically deprived Scottish population. Scottish Medical Journal, 55(3), pp. 18-21.

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Abstract

Background and Aims. Unequal access to specialist stroke services may contribute to the disproportionate stroke burden in certain populations. We evaluated the relationship between access to TIA services, deprivation and age. Methods. We prospectively recorded referral pattern data on consecutive TIA service patients. Socio-economic deprivation was derived from postcode and census data. Associations were described using Kruskal-Wallis statistics. Results. Of 3,462 patients assessed, there was no association between time to clinic referral or attendance and increasing deprivation or age. Conclusion. Inequality of access to TIA services for older, deprived patients was not evident. However, delay to assessment and prevalence of risk factors was substantial for all patients.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Quinn, Dr Terence and Dawson, Professor Jesse and Walters, Professor Matthew
Authors: Quinn, T.J., Dawson, J., and Walters, M.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Scottish Medical Journal
Journal Abbr.:Scott. Med. J.
ISSN:0036-9330

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