Disparities in Evaluation at Certified Primary Stroke Centers

STROKEAHA: May 2, 2013

Background and Purpose—Evaluation at primary stroke centers (PSCs) has the potential to improve outcomes for patients with stroke. We looked for differences in evaluation at Joint Commission certified PSCs by race, education, income, and geography (urban versus nonurban; Southeastern Stroke Belt versus non-Stroke Belt).

Methods—Community-dwelling, black and white participants from the national Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) prospective population–based cohort were enrolled between January 2003 and October 2007.  Read more