Table 4

Baseline characteristics of 163 patients diagnosed with TIA in a specialist TIA clinic

Characteristics of patients at baseline% Or mean (SD)Missing data %
General practice data
 Number of patients per general practitioner, mean (SD)1.29 (0.58)
 Number of patients per practice, mean (SD)2.26 (2.28)
Demographic data
 Age, mean (SD)71.5 (12.4)
 Male (%)54.6
 Ethnicity (%)
  Caucasian85.94.9
  Asian9.24.9
 BMI, mean (SD)27.7 (4.7)7.4
 Self reported smoking status (%)
  Current19.00.6
  Previous38.70.6
  Never41.70.6
Comorbidities: past medical history at initial diagnosis (%)
 Hypertension50.9
 Hypercholesterolaemia31.3
 Diabetes13.5
 Ischaemic heart disease6.1
 Atrial fibrillation6.7
 Previous stroke/TIA17.8
 Peripheral vascular disease2.5
Achievement of RCP standards
 Most recent BP ≤130/80 mm Hg (%)25.2
 Most recent total cholesterol <4 mmol/l (%)23.92.5
 Antihypertensives are prescribed if BP >130/8073.0
 Antithrombotics are prescribed: aspirin AND dipyridamole, aspirin alone, clopidogrel or anticoagulation (%)97.5
 Statins are prescribed if total cholesterol >3.5 mmol/l (%)88.9
Achievement of QOF Standards
 Most recent BP ≤150/90 mm Hg (%)62.6
 Most recent total cholesterol ≤5 mmol/l (%)57.92.5
 Antithrombotics are prescribed: aspirin, clopidogrel, dipyridamole or a combination; or an anticoagulant (%)99.4
  • BMI, body mass index; BP, blood pressure; QOP, quality and outcome framework; RCP, Royal College of Physicians; TIA, transient ischaemic attack.