Quality Indicators for the Care of Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation in Vulnerable Elders

Published in: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v. 55, no. S2, Oct. 2007, p. S431-S437

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2007

by Eric M. Cheng, Constance Fung

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. This article proposes quality indicators (QIs) that could be applied when treating vulnerable elders (VEs) for stroke and reviews the data supporting each indicator. METHODS: A total of 228 articles were considered in this review: 40 identified via a Web search, 143 through reference mining, and 41 through the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE)-3 literature searches. Four additional articles were included after peer review. RESULTS: Of the 30 potential QIs, the expert panel process judged 21 to be valid; nine were rejected. Literature summaries supporting each indicator judged to be valid according to the expert panel process are provided.

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