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Stroke/TIA tool developed for primary care

Monday 27 July 2015 2:43pm

Dr Anna Ranta (Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington), a recent PhD student in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health supervised by Professor Susan Dovey (GPRH) and Professor Mark Weatherall (Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit, University of Otago, Wellington), developed a trigger tool as part of her PhD research to help diagnose and manage transient ischemic attack/stroke in primary care.

The electronic decision support tool has been picked up by the Ministry of Health and is being rolled out nationally.

It will help GPs improve the diagnosis and management of patients who have had a TIA or stroke. Transient Ischaemic Attacks and minor strokes indicate a high risk of early recurrent stroke and other vascular events. The use of electronic decision support tools can help to improve guideline adherence and in some cases improve patient health outcomes and reduce treatment costs.

Read the New Zealand Government Press Release.

Dr Ranta’s research publications can be found here and thesis here.