In China, the overall quality of care in the regions with lower stroke incidence was higher than the ones with a high incidence. Major variations in the delivery of stroke intervention also exist among regions with different economic development levels.
Why this matters
The prevalence of stroke in China has been shown to follow geographical disparity; there exists a ‘stroke belt’ with high stroke incidence in 9 provincial regions. The mortality to incidence ratio varies by region, indicating disparities in access to care and quality of stroke care across China.
Understanding regional differences in adherence to stroke intervention guidelines should facilitate implementation of effective public health policies.