Mapping Stroke Prevention

 

In a country as large and diverse as ours, new research finds that 87% of the Canadian population lives within one hour’s drive of stroke prevention service. Only 69%, however, has access to a service that operates 5–7 days a week. The study used geospatial mapping to understand the access of patients who are a high-risk of stroke to prevention services.  The study also collected information on the type of services provided at the 119 stroke prevention sites included in the study.

Unfortunately not all access is equal though, due to gaps such as geography, equipment availability and hours of operation. While 97% of Ontarians are within an hour of prevention services, only 63% of those in Saskatchewan and 45% of those in Newfoundland are within an hour drive.

These maps will help identify the disparities in access and potential areas of need, to help optimize stroke prevention service delivery and resource allocation planning across Canada.

How can Canada address these gaps? Looking at the stroke prevention services criteria identified by this study, Heart & Stroke will drive improvements and inform prevention services of the critically needed elements to close these gaps. (Patrice Lindsay, senior author, director of stroke at Heart and Stroke, Toronto ON)

Read the study here

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