Optimal stroke management requires sufficient availability of physicians qualified to perform mechanical thrombectomy. Little is known about the US workforce for this recently established, evidence-based procedure.1
We performed a cross-sectional study using a data set from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services containing claims for care provided between January 1, 2009, and September 30, 2015, to a nationally representative 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries. The institutional review board at Weill Cornell Medical College approved this study. The institutional review board waived the requirement for informed consent for this minimal-risk research.
Kamel H, Chung CD, Kone GJ, et al. Medical Specialties of Clinicians Providing Mechanical Thrombectomy to Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke in the United States. JAMA Neurol. 2018;75(4):515–517. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.5172
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