Secondary prevention after stroke: can we do better? A novel national linkage of stroke registry and dispensing data

Secondary prevention after stroke: can we do better? A novel national linkage of stroke registry and dispensing data

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Dr. Mary Joan Macleod et al., Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow

Amount Awarded: £77,155 over two years

Year: 2016 - Ongoing

Patients who have a stroke are at risk of having a further stroke or coronary event.  Medicines to prevent this are not always given, perhaps because of patient frailty or safety concerns.  The researchers plan to link data from the national stroke care audit to other national datasets to look at prescribing after stroke, and see what influences which treatments patients are given, and how this impacts on outcomes (further strokes, heart attacks, survival).  If they find that there are ‘treatment gaps’ or inequalities, they will provide evidence that can be used to change guidelines, and hopefully improve patient care.