MSU Researcher Wins Grant to Study Stroke Care

Posted by James / on 05/15/2009 / 0 Comments

A Michigan State University researcher has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to continue his work studying the quality of hospital care received by stroke victims.

Mathew Reeves, an associate professor in the MSU's Department of Epidemiology, is leading an effort to address the disparities in stroke care by analyzing data collected in a statewide registry.

The foundation's McDevitt Excellence in Research Award was given to Reeves and his team for a manuscript published last year in the journal Stroke. That paper examined the impact of statin medications, taken prior to the stroke event itself, on stroke-related disability.

The MSU team's analysis found evidence that statins, taken as a preventive agent, may reduce disability post-stroke. The study's data came from the Michigan Acute Stroke Care Overview and Treatment Surveillance System, a statewide stroke registry involving MSU and 15 statewide hospitals. The registry has collected data on more than 2,600 Michigan stroke victims.

"This award serves to highlight the success of the state's stroke registry - a Michigan-based project that has produced practical knowledge to improve the care and recovery of stroke patients in Michigan and beyond," Reeves said.

Previous studies involving the registry's data have focused on disparities in care, particularly by race and gender. Recent studies have shown, for example, that women are less likely to recover from stroke and have worse quality of life post-stroke compared to men.

Reeves and his research team have also shown that women are 30 percent less likely than men to receive a critical clot-busting drug after a stroke, and that women with acute stroke are more likely to experience delays in emergency room care compared to men.

Reeves said the BCBSM Foundation grant will be used to support further analyses of the MASCOTS data and to translate these findings into subsequent grant applications.

"In this era of ever tightening research budgets this award will allow us to pursue other data analyses and pilot projects that will allow for better grant applications," he said.

-- Source: Michigan State University


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