Table 1

Quantitative data collected from each healthcare setting

Healthcare settingTime period*Data collectedExamples
Primary CarePre- and post-stroke/TIA eventMeasurement of cardiovascular risk factorsBlood pressure, cholesterol, smoking status, absolute cardiovascular risk score
Management of cardiovascular risk factorsAntihypertensive and statin prescriptions
Dates and timesRelating to GP consultations, cardiovascular risk factor measurements, prescriptions
Secondary CareDuring stroke/TIA eventPatient identifiersNHS number, patient name, date of birth and patient address
Route to hospitalEmergency ambulance, general practitioner referral, self referral to the emergency department
Inhospital investigationsCT scan, blood pressure, cholesterol
Treatment givenThrombolysis, carotid endarterectomy
Dates and timesRelating to onset of symptoms, arrival in hospital, CT scan, first contact with medical/health professionals, admission to hospital, discharge from hospital, follow-up clinic appointment
Discharge medicationAntihypertensive and statin prescriptions
Final diagnosisStroke, TIA, stroke mimic
Emergency ServicesPre-stroke/TIA eventPresenting complaintSuspected stroke, TIA, left-sided weakness
Patient symptomsArm weakness, speech impediment, dizziness
Emergency service investigationsFace Arm Speech Test, blood pressure, heart rate, Glasgow Coma Score
Medications administeredSaline solution (NaCl)
Dates and timesRelating to onset of symptoms, ambulance dispatch, arrival at patient, departure for hospital, arrival in the emergency department and handover of patient care
Medical Research Information ServicePost-stroke/TIA eventDate and timeOf death
Cause of deathAs stated on death certificate
  • * Time period (in relation to the patient's stroke/TIA event) from which data were collected.

  • GP, General Practitioner; TIA, transient ischaemic attack.