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Transient ischaemic attack and stroke risk: pilot of a primary care electronic decision support tool.

Authors

Ranta A.

Journal

J Prim Health Care. 2013 Jun 1;5(2):138-40.

Affiliation

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) indicate high risk for stroke and rapid management reduces stroke burden. Rapid specialist access to initiate timely management is often challenging to achieve.

AIM: To assess the feasibility of implementing a TIA/Stroke electronic decision support (EDS) tool intended to aid general practitioners (GPs) in the timely management of TIAs.

METHODS: An eight-week pilot provided access to the TIA/Stroke EDS to selected GPs in the MidCentral district, with subsequent patient record review and a post-pilot user satisfaction survey.

RESULTS: Eleven patients from eight practices were entered into the tool and when EDS-rendered advice was followed, diagnosis was accurate and management was in accordance with New Zealand TIA guidelines. No adverse outcomes resulted and user feedback was positive.

DISCUSSION: Results indicate that wider implementation of the TIA/Stroke EDS tool is feasible.

PMID

23748395 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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