Improved Functional Outcomes With Adoption of GWTG-Stroke

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Improved Functional Outcomes With Adoption of GWTG-Stroke
Improved Functional Outcomes With Adoption of GWTG-Stroke

FRIDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adoption of the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)-Stroke program is associated with improved functional outcomes at discharge and reduced post-discharge mortality for Medicare beneficiaries with acute stroke, according to a study published online April 14 in Stroke.

Sarah Song, M.D., M.P.H., from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and colleagues matched hospitals that joined the GWTG-Stroke program with similar hospitals that did not. They analyzed whether hospital participation in GWTG-Stroke correlated with a greater improvement in clinical outcomes compared with the underlying secular change using a difference-in-differences design.

The researchers identified 366 GWTG-Stroke-adopting hospitals and 366 non-GWTG-Stroke-adopting hospitals that cared for 88,584 and 85,401 acute ischemic stroke admissions, respectively. At zero to six months after implementation, GWTG-Stroke hospitals had accelerated increases in discharge to home and reduced mortality at 30 days and one year compared with the period 18 to six months before program implementation. The accelerated reduction in mortality at one year was sustained six to 18 months after program implementation, with a trend toward sustained accelerated increase in discharge home.

"Hospital adoption of the GWTG-Stroke program was associated with improved functional outcomes at discharge and reduced post-discharge mortality," the authors write.

Several authors and their institutions disclosed financial ties to the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries; GWTG-Stroke receives funding from pharmaceutical companies.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


More in Home

Dermatography Helps Lessen Appearance of Surgical Scars

Dermatography Helps Lessen Appearance of Surgical Scars

Pigments can restore more natural skin appearance that patients are happy with

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Live in America's Water Systems

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Live in America's Water Systems

Bacteria found in plumbing may sicken thousands each year

Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve TBI Symptoms

Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve TBI Symptoms

Deep brain stimulation appears to boost function and quality of life

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »