Women stroke survivors believe they will receive worse care in the emergency room

Nov. 30, 2023
National study examined healthcare perceptions of approximately 3,500 women, including those with and without a history of stroke.

Women who have survived a stroke believe they are less likely to receive adequate emergency care – based on gender and race or ethnicity, a study led by Michigan Medicine and Brown University finds.

Researchers analyzed survey data from the American Heart Association Research Goes Red Registry to determine perceptions of emergency care for women with and without a history of stroke.

Results published in Stroke reveal that women with a history of stroke were over three times more likely to believe “to a great extent” that they would not receive adequate care in the emergency room based on their gender and race or ethnicity.

Black Americans are known to have a greater risk of stroke than white Americans, and a past study found that Black women less frequently receive advanced therapies for stroke, partially due to delays in getting to the emergency department after symptom onset.

While the study did not measure delays in emergency department presentation following stroke, researchers say the findings of negative health care perceptions may predispose these women to delays in treatment.

Michigan Medicine release