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Correlation of Quality Metrics of Acute Stroke Care with Clinical Outcomes in an Indian Tertiary-care University Hospital: A Prospective Evidence-based Study

Bijoy Kumar Panda, Gargi Attarde, Nilima Borkar

Keywords : Adherence, Clinical outcomes, Intracerebral hemorrhage, Ischemic stroke, Quality metrics, Quality of care

Citation Information : Panda BK, Attarde G, Borkar N. Correlation of Quality Metrics of Acute Stroke Care with Clinical Outcomes in an Indian Tertiary-care University Hospital: A Prospective Evidence-based Study. Indian J Crit Care Med 2023; 27 (11):806-815.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24566

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-10-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: To characterize the impact of adherence to quality metrics of stroke care on the clinical outcomes of ischemic stroke (IS) and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) admissions. Methods: Consecutive patients with acute stroke were prospectively followed up for their demographic and clinical characteristics, acute stroke management, and associated clinical outcomes at discharge. Stroke quality metrics [adopted from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association's Get with The Guidelines (GWTG)] with a specific interest in an association between acute reperfusion therapies and functional recovery in stroke patients are analyzed and presented. A composite measure of care was considered “0 (non-adherence) to 1 (adherence).” An all-or-none measure of care was calculated to check whether eligible patients received all the quality-of-care interventions. Multivariate Cox regression models were used to study an association between optimal adherence and clinical outcomes. Results: During the study period, of the total 256 stroke admissions, 200 (78.1%) patients had IS, and the remaining 56 (21.9%) patients had ICH. The median [interquartile range (IQR)] age of total stroke admissions was 57 (36–78) years. Male preponderance was observed (IS: 80% and ICH: 67.9%). The conformity of performance metrics in IS patients was from 69.1% [95% confidence interval (CI), 68.5–69.6] for the use of deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis (DVTp) to 97.8% (95% CI, 96.2–98.6) for the use of statins. In ICH patients, it ranged from 61.7% (95% CI, 60.4–62.5) for the use of DVTp to 89.9% (95% CI, 88.6–89.7) for stroke rehabilitation. The unadjusted odds ratio (OR) of mortality (in-hospital plus the 28th-day postdischarge) was higher in ICH patients vs IS patients (4.42, p = 0.005). Optimal adherence with intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (IV-rtPA) therapy [hazards ratio (HR) = 0.23], in-hospital acute measures [IS (HR = 0.41) and ICH (HR = 0.63)], and discharge measures [IS (HR = 0.35) and ICH (HR = 0.45)] were associated with reduced hazards of the 28th-day mortality in both cohorts. Compared to ICH, IS patients had significantly improved neurofunctional recovery [modified Rankin score (mRS) ≤ 2, p < 0.01]. Conclusion: Adherence to quality metrics and performance measures was associated with low mortality and favorable clinical outcomes. Also, DVTp as an in-hospital (acute) measure of stroke care needs attention in both cerebrovascular events.

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