Medical perception of stroke care conditions in Brazil

<div><p>ABSTRACT Stroke is currently the second leading cause of death in Brazil. Neurologists’ reports on the absence of adequate resources for stroke care are frequent; however, there are no objective data on this perception. Objective To assess the perception of neurologists of stroke care conditions in Brazil. Methods Neurologists from all over Brazil were surveyed by means of an anonymous questionnaire about the main shortcomings in stroke care, focusing particularly on physical structure and infrastructure (diagnostic methods, patient transport, availability of beds, multi-professional team). Results The main shortcomings are indicated: the worst conditions, among all items surveyed, were found in the public sector. In the private sector, conditions were better. Conclusions Care conditions are worse in the public sector with regard to both infrastructure and human resources. Future public health policies for the prevention and treatment of stroke should be formulated, taking into consideration neurologists’ perceptions.</p></div>