Sex and ethnic differences in stroke prognosis and quality of care

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Principal Investigator: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario,Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon,Canadian Institutes
Datasets requested: 
Home and Community Care (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation file (BC Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Research objective: 

Chinese and South Asian women living in Canada, have a particularly higher mortality due to stroke compared with other women in Canada. The reasons for this excess mortality are largely unknown. To help bridge this knowledge gap, we propose to undertake a large population based study of Chinese, South Asian and other descent women and men with stroke in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Our objectives are to compare 1) incidence of stroke, 2) compare patient prognostic (demographic and biomedical factors) and 3) quality of care factors both within hospital and out of hospital, 4) time to death after admission to hospital for acute stroke in these populations and 5) assess the relative extent to which these patient prognostic and quality of care factors determine stroke mortality in these populations. These findings will provide key insights into the magnitude of the differences in mortality, the nature of the contributing factors for stroke mortality in women of varying ethnicity, and evaluate potential barriers to stroke care.


Journal Publication

  • Khan NA, McAlister FA, Pilote L, Palepu A, Quan H, Hill MD, Fang J, Kapral MK. Temporal trends in stroke incidence in South Asian, Chinese and white patients: A population based analysis. PLoS One. 2017 May 18;12(5):e0175556. .

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