An exploratory study of the electronic medical record and outpatient vascular neurology consultations

Larissa Georgeon, Philip B. Gorelick, Tenko Raykov, Muhammad U. Farooq*, Jiangyong Min, Christopher Goshgarian, Bradley Haveman-Gould, Amy Groenhout, Molly McCarthy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We carried out a quality improvement project utilizing the electronic medical record (EMR) to determine (1) the quality of vascular neurologists’ recommendations for recurrent stroke prevention and (2) primary care provider (PCP) acknowledgement of the vascular neurologists’ recurrent stroke prevention recommendations and their frequency of meeting the recommended metrics for risk factor control and lifestyle modification. We conducted a retrospective EMR chart review on a convenience sample of ischemic stroke patients during two epochs. Data collected included risk factors, stroke subtype, and process and outcome guidance metrics for recurrent ischemic stroke prevention according to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recommendations. Overall, vascular neurologists commonly recommended appropriate AHA/ASA risk factor management standards, but were less likely to do so for lifestyle management. Improvements in the EMR system over time, including the establishment of guideline-driven importable recurrent stroke prevention templates, led to a high frequency of proper risk factor and lifestyle recommendations made by vascular neurologists. Statistical analysis provided further evidence that the EMR positively influenced the delivery of proper recurrent stroke prevention guidance. Although PCPs infrequently acknowledged receipt of vascular neurology consultations, there was a relatively high frequency of achieved risk factor control. The latter may be attributed at least in part to pre-existent quality improvement programs implemented at primary care offices. Our exploratory findings suggest that proper use of the EMR may heighten efforts to provide appropriate and consistent recurrent stroke prevention recommendations in a primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2195-2198
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume38
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • Electronic medical records
  • Primary care physicians
  • Stroke
  • Vascular neurologist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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