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Stroke Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 319581, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/319581
Research Article

Comparison of Provision of Stroke Care in Younger and Older Patients: Findings from the South London Stroke Register

1Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London, London SE1 3QD, UK
2NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London, London, SE1 9RT, UK
3Department of Ageing and Health, St. Thomas’ Hospital, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, SE1 7EH, UK

Received 28 November 2011; Revised 30 January 2012; Accepted 11 February 2012

Academic Editor: Halvor Naess

Copyright © 2012 Siobhan L. Crichton et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Evidence-based stroke care should be available to all patients. However, evidence exists of inequalities according to age. This study compared access to care for younger adults to that for over 65s. Methods. Using population-based data from 4229 patients with first-ever stroke between 1995 and 2010, associations between age and 21 care indicators were investigated using multivariable logistic regression. Results. Age was not associated with stroke unit admission for ischaemic stroke ( ). Younger PICH patients were least likely to be admitted to stroke units ( ), instead treated on neurosurgical or ICU wards. Younger age was also associated with admission to neurosurgery or ICU after SAH ( ), increased occupational or physiotherapy at 1 year ( ), and contact with a GP 3 months after stroke ( ). Conclusion. Younger patients have equal or greater access to evidence-based care. However, there is a need to ensure that services meet the needs of this group.