Barriers to effective stroke care out of hours need to be broached

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7364.596/a (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:596
  1. Mark F Nicol, specialist/locum consultant (markfnicol@hotmail.com)
  1. Macclesfield SK10 3BL

    EDITOR—The article by Harraf et al is a welcome addition to much needed hard data on the poor delivery of evidence based and patient focused care in the United Kingdom. 1 The paper prompts the need to analyse prospectively the nature of the barriers to timely assessment, investigation, and treatment of a patient presenting with a potentially life threatening stroke.

    The paper would have benefited from providing readers with the subset analysis of time to assessment, senior opinion, and computed tomography in the …

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