UK lags behind similar countries in stroke services

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1094
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Services in the United Kingdom for stroke patients are lagging behind those in other developed nations, a new report says, and targets are now being called into question.

The Health Foundation, an independent body that works to improve the quality of health care in the United Kingdom, has published a report that brings together data on performance of services with evidence of what works and the cost implications of stroke.

The state of stroke services across the whole of the UK is a matter of concern, says the report, which looks at the quality of care of stroke patients, focusing on effectiveness, access, capacity, …

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