Non-urban stroke patients in New Zealand face poorer outcomes, lack critical care

Patients treated for stroke at non-urban hospitals in New Zealand experience poorer outcomes and face reduced access to crucial stroke interventions across the entire care spectrum, according to a study published in Neurology.
“Departures from best practice stroke care in smaller, non-urban New Zealand hospitals have been accepted where a small population is dispersed over a wide geographic area,” Stephanie G. Thompson, MHealSc, of the department of medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and colleagues wrote. “Within these settings, patients are often treated by

Patients treated for stroke at non-urban hospitals in New Zealand experience poorer outcomes and face reduced access to crucial stroke interventions across the entire care spectrum, according to a study published in Neurology.
“Departures from best practice stroke care in smaller, non-urban New Zealand hospitals have been accepted where a small population is dispersed over a wide geographic area,” Stephanie G. Thompson, MHealSc, of the department of medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and colleagues wrote. “Within these settings, patients are often treated by