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Newcastle University stroke research survey


Researchers at Newcastle University would like to learn about your preferences on how services in the NHS could be organised to provide clot removal treatment (thrombectomy) to stroke patients who may benefit.

Promoting Effective And Rapid Stroke care (PEARS) is a 5 year research project led by Professor Gary Ford, Dr Chris Price and Professor Phil White and funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

PEARS is looking at ways to improve early treatment of stroke.

They have used a type of survey design called Best-Worst Scaling which asks respondents to indicate their most and least preferred options from a series of service design elements and outcomes relating to thrombectomy provision. This is to identify which aspects of stroke services are prioritised most by the public so that they can present this information to commissioners alongside a 'health economic model'.


The survey asks about preferences relating to secondary transfers, travel times, length of stay in hospital, treatment in a local vs specialist hospital, as well as the cost of thrombectomy, clinical effectiveness of thrombectomy and equity of access to thrombectomy.


You can access the survey here:



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MVSC is delighted to have been awarded this contract and we are pleased we will continue our work with health and social care services within the borough. We work successfully in partnership across all sectors and are looking forward to delivering the best possible service we can for local people.