Incidence, hospital admission rate, and health outcomes following stroke in Ayrshire and Arran.

H. Alexander*, C. Bugge, S. Hagen, E. Russell

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe the incidence, hospital admission rate and health outcomes following stroke in Ayrshire and Arran. DESIGN: Community based study with prospective identification of stroke patients from a random sample of general practices stratified by geographical area and practice size. SETTING: Ayrshire and Arran Health Board area, West of Scotland. SUBJECTS: All stroke patients from the 24 general practices in the sample. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Barthel Index, Canadian Neurological Scale, Mini-mental State Examination, SF-36. RESULTS: The incidence of stroke was 2.33 per 1000 for both first and recurrent events and 78% of people were admitted to hospital following their stroke. Those admitted to hospital had significantly poorer outcomes in the early post-stroke period (first six months). CONCLUSION: Our study provides recent figures for the incidence and hospital admission rates following stroke. We speculate that our rates may be typical for the NHS in Scotland at present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-413
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Bulletin
Volume58
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000

Keywords

  • strokes
  • occlusive cerebrovascular disease
  • global burden of disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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