J Stroke.  2014 May;16(2):81-85.

Physicians' Attitudes Toward Guidelines for Stroke: A Survey of Korean Neurologists

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Boramae Medical Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurology, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea. ssbrain@hallym.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Neurology, Gangdong Kyung Hee University Hospital, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Neurology, Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Neurology, Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University, Goyang, Korea.
  • 6Department of Neurology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 7Department of Biostatistics, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
AND PURPOSE: Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are regarded as an essential guidance tool for practicing physicians. We surveyed physicians in Korea in order to evaluate their attitudes toward the Korean CPGs for stroke.
METHODS
We obtained participation agreement for our survey from 27 centers of the 33 most actively contributing to the Korean Stroke Registry. A total of 174 neurologists participated in a questionnaire interview regarding their attitudes toward CPGs for stroke.
RESULTS
Of 174 participating neurologists, 65 (37.4%) were stroke neurologists. The average age was 33.6+/-7.1 and 49 (28.2%) were female. Most of the respondents held positive attitudes and opinions regarding the use of the guidelines, whereas only a small percentage (14.9%) responded negatively. More than 60% of the physicians in the survey reported adherence to the Korean CPGs in dyslipidemia management for the secondary prevention of stroke.
CONCLUSIONS
The positive attitudes and opinions toward the guidelines imply that physicians' attitudes should not be regarded as a potential barrier to the implementation of Korean CPGs for stroke practiced by general physicians.

Keyword

Guideline; Stroke; Attitude

MeSH Terms

Surveys and Questionnaires
Dyslipidemias
Female
Humans
Korea
Secondary Prevention
Stroke*
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