Higher density of neurologists and neurosurgeons 'lowers risk of stroke death'

30 November 2012

A higher density of neurologists and neurosurgeons in an area has been linked to a decreased risk of death from stroke, new research has revealed.

The paper, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, revealed that an increase of one neuroscience provider per million population was associated with 0.71 fewer deaths due to stroke.

In a multivariate analysis where adjustments were made for the urbanicity of the county, socioeconomic conditions and the density of general practitioners, an increase of one neurologist or neurosurgeon was linked to 0.38 fewer deaths from stroke per million population.

Strangely, an increase of one general practitioner per million population was linked to a 0.143 more stroke deaths in that population.

Authors believe this could be due to a decreased density of neuroscience providers in countries where there are more general practitioners.

The US study also found that rural settings saw an increase in stroke-related deaths, while factors including low levels of education and persistent poverty were not significant factors.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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