GPs follow NICE stroke guidelines successfully

GPs are successfully following NICE stroke guidelines and have a good awareness of TIA symptoms, according to survey results.

The survey of 93 GPs in Barnsley in South Yorkshire was conducted by researchers from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in May 2008.

Overall, the researchers found that the vast majority (89%) of GPs prescribed aspirin and arranged a referral to hospital for patients presenting with a possible TIA, in line with NICE guidance.

Just 8% of GPs said that they would use the riskier policy of wait and see.

But the survey also found that a third of GPs believed that syncope or isolated falls was a symptom of TIA or minor stroke which could result in inappropriate referrals.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

  • For two pages’ worth of coverage from the European Stroke Conference in Stockholm, read this week’s GP dated 5 June.

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