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Table 1 Baseline characteristics in patients who presented to the MidCentral Stroke Service before (2009) and after (2011) the introduction of a TIA/Stroke decision support tool

From: Utility of a primary care based transient ischaemic attack electronic decision support tool: a prospective sequential comparison

Variable 2009 2011  
(n = 130) (n = 136) p-value
Male gender 57 (44) 69 (51) 0.26
Hypertension 88 (69)* 90 (66) 0.68
Diabetes mellitus 23 (18) 18 (13) 0.34
Atrial fibrillation 34 (27) 29 (21) 0.28
Ischaemic heart disease 61 (48) 39 (29) 0.002
Dyslipidaemia 82 (65) 74 (54) 0.34
Current or ex-smoker 28 (29) 67 (56)§ 0.0002
Stroke risk classified as highf 88 (68) 103 (76) 0.19
Age (years)    0.69
 <60 26 (20) 33 (24)  
 60-79 68 (52) 66 (49)  
 >=80 36 (28) 37 (27)  
Best medical therapy at initial presentation 47 (36) 43 (32) 0.51
  1. Data are number and percentage. Data missing for * 3, 4, 35, and §11 patients. fPatients are classed as ‘high risk’ if they have ongoing stroke symptoms, an ABCD2 score ≥4, ≥2 events over preceding 7 days, atrial fibrillation, and/or receive anticoagulation therapy.