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Research using SSNAP data - Lay Summaries

Plain English summaries

A plain English summary is a brief summary of a research project that explains the project for people who do not have prior knowledge about the subject. Plain English summaries are written in plain English. This means that complex scientific language is not used. 

SSNAP have produced plain English summaries for research projects that use SSNAP data.
Research project topics include: 
  • the quality of stroke care
  • how stroke care is delivered
  • the structure of stroke care services
  • the cost of stroke care (health economics).

Click the buttons below to view the plain English summaries of the research projects:

Research about the quality of stroke care:

Does quickly assessing stroke patients’ ability to swallow make a difference?
Do male and female stroke patients receive different quality of care?
Which stroke patients are deemed suitable for physiotherapy in hospital?

Research about how stroke care is delivered:

Are clot-dissolving drugs getting faster in the UK?
Do stroke patients receive different care in winter?
Are stroke patients taking longer to get to hospital?
Is stroke care worse at the weekend?
How does quality of stroke care vary over the week? 

Research about the structure of stroke services:

Where do stroke patients go after the first hospital?
Do stroke service staffing levels matter?
Are bigger stroke services better at giving clot-dissolving drugs than smaller services?

Health economics research (research about the cost of stroke care):

How much does stroke really cost in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland?
Does socioeconomic status affect stroke patients' experiences?


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