Stroke Prevention: A Continuing Quality Improvement Project
Summary rept. Jul 95-Jun 97
COLORADO SPRINGS OSTEOPATHIC FOUNDATIONAND FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER CO
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Stroke is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and cost. Therefore, it is important for primary care physicians to identify patients at risk for stroke and appropriately intervene. At the Family Medicine Center, an ambulatory family practice residency clinic, a Continuing Quality Improvement CQI project was initiated to assess those patients at risk for stroke. This was accomplished by chart review of active patients, 55 years of age and older, for known risk factors for stroke, and by summarizing recent data on the prevention Continuing Quality Improvementof stroke. Among the 2500 active patients at the Family Medicine Center, there are 147 between the ages of 55 and 94 with one or more risk factors for stroke. While stroke is a devastating disease, increasing physician and patient awareness, and knowing accepted treatment modalities the risk can be reduced significantly.
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