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Grau, A.J.* ; Dienlin, S.* ; Bartig, D.* ; Maier, W. ; Buggle, F.* ; Becher, H.*

Regional deprivation, stroke incidence, and stroke care.

Dtsch. Arztebl. Int. 118, 397-402 (2021)
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BACKGROUND: Regional deprivation can increase the risk of illness and adversely affect care outcomes. In this study, we investigated for the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate whether spatial-structural disadvantages are associated with an increased frequency of ischemic stroke and with less favorable care outcomes. METHODS: We compared billing data from DRG statistics (2008-2017) and quality assurance data (2017) for acute ischemic stroke with the German Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010 (GIMD 2010) for the 36 districts (Landkreise) and independent cities (i.e., cities not belonging to a district) in Rhineland-Palatinate using correlation analyses, a Poisson regression analysis, and logistic regression analyses. RESULTS: The age-standardized stroke rates (ASR) ranged from 122 to 209 per 100 000 inhabitants, while the GIMD 2010 ranged from 4.6 to 47.5; the two values were positively correlated (Spearman's ρ = 0.47; 95% confidence interval [0.16; 0.85]). In 2017, mechanical thrombectomies were performed more commonly (5.7%) in the first GIMD 2010 quartile of the regional areas (i.e., in the least deprived areas) than in the remaining quartiles (4.2-4.6%). The intravenous thrombolysis rates showed no differences from one GIMD 2010 quartile to another. Severe neurological deficits (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale ≥ 5) on admission to the hospital were slightly more common in the fourth quartile (i.e., in the most deprived areas), while antiplatelet drugs and statins were somewhat less commonly ordered on discharge in those areas than in the first quartile. CONCLUSION: These findings document a relationship between regional deprivation and the occurrence of acute ischemic stroke. Poorer GIMD 2010 scores were associated with worse care outcomes in a number of variables, but the absolute differences were small.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Multiple Deprivation; Socioeconomic-status; Pooled Analysis; Germany; Inequalities; Disparities; Mortality; Education; Index; Risk
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1866-0452
e-ISSN 1866-0452
Quellenangaben Volume: 118, Issue: 23, Pages: 397-402 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Dt. Ärzte-Verl.
Publishing Place Dieselstrabe 2, Postfach 400265, D-50859 Cologne, Germany
Reviewing status Peer reviewed