Quality of care and ischemic stroke risk after hospitalization for transient ischemic attack: Findings from get with the guidelines-stroke

Emily C. O'Brien, Xin Zhao, Gregg C. Fonarow, Phillip J. Schulte, David Dai, Eric E. Smith, Lee H. Schwamm, Deepak L. Bhatt, Ying Xian, Jeffrey L. Saver, Mathew J. Reeves, Eric D. Peterson, Adrian F. Hernandez

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Background - Patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) are at increased risk for ischemic stroke. We derived a prediction rule for 1-year ischemic stroke risk post-TIA, examining estimated risk, receipt of inpatient quality of care measures for TIA, and the presence or absence of stroke at 1 year post discharge. Methods and Results - We linked 67 892 TIA Get With The Guidelines-Stroke patients >65 years (2003-2008) to Medicare inpatient claims to obtain longitudinal outcomes. Using Cox proportional hazards modeling in a split sample, we identified baseline demographics and clinical characteristics associated with ischemic stroke admission during the year post-TIA, and developed a Get With The Guidelines Ischemic Stroke after TIA Risk Score; performance was examined in the validation sample. Quality of care was estimated by a global defect-free care measure, and individual performance measures within estimated risk score quintiles. The overall hospital admission rate for ischemic stroke during the year post-TIA was 5.7%. Patients with ischemic stroke were more likely to be older, black, and have higher rates of smoking, previous stroke, diabetes mellitus, previous myocardial infarction, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. The Risk Score showed moderate discriminative performance (c-statistic=0.606); highest quintile patients were less likely to receive statins, smoking cessation counseling, and defect-free care. Although not associated with 1-year ischemic stroke, DCF was associated with a significantly lower risk of all-cause mortality. Conclusions - TIA patients with high estimated ischemic stroke risk are less likely to receive defect-free care than low-risk patients. Standardized risk assessment and delivery of optimal inpatient care are needed to reduce this risk-treatment mismatch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S117-S124
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Issue number6_suppl_3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • hospital readmission
  • ischemic attack
  • risk factors
  • stroke
  • transient outcomes assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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