AAN 2017 Meeting: Racial and Regional Disparities Identified in Endovascular Care Delivery
Access to endovascular care is significantly impacted by factors such as race, region, and hospital, according to findings presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting in Boston. Investigators analyzed data from a large registry to determine use of endovascular therapy in ischemic stroke patients. Among more than 58,000 patients in Florida and Puerto Rico, 3.6 percent received thrombectomy. Compared to those patients not treated with endovascular therapy, patients treated with endovascular thrombectomy had a lower risk of vascular risk factors, more severe strokes, arrived earlier via EMS (often during work hours), and were often treated in large hospitals in South Florida. In light of these disparities based on region, race, and other factors, the authors recommended efforts to improve access to endovascular treatment to all eligible patients.
The results were published in the April 18 edition of Neurology.