Using standardized forms at the time stroke patients are admitted to and discharged from the hospital can improve care, according to a study published in the August 9, 2005 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Studies have shown that several treatments for stroke patients reduce the amount of disability, complications and the risk of having another stroke. The treatments are for people with ischemic stroke, which is the most common type, caused by blocked or reduced blood flow to the brain. The treatments are also recommended in guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology and other organizations. Despite this evidence and recommendations, these treatments are not used as often as they could be due to oversight or lack of awareness.
"Care of stroke patients is complicated, and the evidence is growing rapidly," explained S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, PhD, principal investigator for the study and a neurologist and director of the Stroke Service at University of California, San Francisco. "Its difficult for busy clinicians to keep up with proven best practices, and things can fall through the cracks."
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