UK stroke performance still improving after 12 years of scrutiny

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 12 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2993
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Patients experiencing a stroke are getting better care in the UK after more than 12 years of scrutiny, according to the latest and final National Sentinel Stroke Audit.

More needs to be done, however, to continue the steady improvement since the first audit was published in 1998, says the National Sentinel Stroke Audit 2010: Round 7 published on 12 May.

The new audit, which looked at the process of stroke care for 11 353 patients admitted to hospitals between 1 April and 30 June 2010, in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, found that 88% of patients spent some time on a stroke unit—a rise from 74% in 2008—where patients have better outcomes than those admitted to general wards.

About two thirds of patients spent more than 90% of their hospital stay …

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