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Validation of a method to establish practice-based stroke and TIA registers

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Richard Thomson


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This study compares two methods to establish stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) practice-based registers, which are of particular relevance to practices with limited diagnostic coding. Both arms involved a notes review of all patients taking antiplatelets or anticoagulants, and, either a further notes review of all patients with ischaemic heart disease (IHD) or diabetes (extensive arm), or asking about a history of stroke or TIA during IHD or diabetic clinics (pragmatic arm). The extensive arm involved searching 11% of the practice notes, whereas the pragmatic arm only involved 3% and had almost as high a yield. This study suggests that the pragmatic method could be used to help build practice-based stroke and TIA registers.

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Author(s): Willoughby B, Thomson R, Chopra R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of General Practice

Year: 2004

Volume: 54

Issue: 499

Pages: 127-129

Print publication date: 01/02/2004

ISSN (print): 0960-1643

ISSN (electronic): 1478-5242

Publisher: Royal College of General Practitioners

PubMed id: 14965393