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June 1986

Racial Differentials in the Prevalence of Stroke: Copiah County, Mississippi

Author Affiliations

From the Neuroepidemiology Branch (Dr Schoenberg) and the Biometry and Field Studies Branch (Dr Anderson), National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Md; and the Department of Neurology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson (Dr Haerer).

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(6):565-568. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520060029012

• Separate surveys of households and chronic-care facilities were conducted in Copiah County, Mississippi. The household survey included screening interviews and a complete census. Board-certified neurologists, using defined diagnostic criteria, examined all consenting persons who were either eligible residents of the chronic-care facilities or household members with interview responses suggestive of stroke. In all, 250 stroke survivors were identified, yielding (as of Jan 1, 1978) a point prevalence ratio of 1,060 per 100,000 inhabitants. Age-adjusted prevalence ratios were higher for men and for blacks. Age-specific prevalence ratios increased with advancing age. Nearly 20% of identified stroke survivors had not received inpatient care for that condition.

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