Effect of gender in acute stroke care for patients hospitalized with ischemic stroke or TIA in get with the guidelines stroke
Schwamm, L. H., Frankel, M., Lantz, L., Cairns, C. B., & LaBresh, K. A. (2006, February). Effect of gender in acute stroke care for patients hospitalized with ischemic stroke or TIA in get with the guidelines stroke. Presented at (Poster P73), .
Background: We sought to determine if disparities in stroke treatment based on gender were present in a large sample of hospitalized stroke patients. Methods: We analyzed data from 41,908 clinically identified patients at 139 hospitals participating for at least 1 full year in GWTG-Stroke. Data included baseline (first 30 records entered at a site or 30 records prior to 4/03) and four consecutive quarters of records anytime time between 4/03 to 4/05. A generalized estimating equation (GEE) method that was adjusted for 5 variables (within hospital
correlation, time by quarter, age, race, and gender) explored disparities in the 14 pre-specified GWTG measures of acute stroke care and secondary prevention that were significant in univariate analysis. Results: Overall patients were 55% female and 76% Caucasian, 13% African American with a mean BMI of 27 /- 7 kg/m2. Mean age was 72 +/- 14 yrs with 26% of patients