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Stroke care continues to show “unacceptable variation,” audit finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5225 (Published 18 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5225
  1. Anna Sayburn
  1. 1London

Less than a sixth of patients in England and Wales receive the mandated assessment six months after having a stroke, the latest national audit has revealed. It found that stroke care across the two countries continued to be subject to “unacceptable variation.”1

The audit, run by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP), records results from all hospitals treating stroke patients in England and Wales, as well as two hospitals in Northern Ireland. The latest results covered the inpatient and discharge experiences of patients admitted from 1 January to …

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