Making difficult decisions about the benefits and risks of thrombolysis treatment

Dr Aoife De Brun is a Research Associate at the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle Universityshutterstock_114405178

An online survey investigating factors that influence clinical decision-making regarding intravenous thrombolysis for patients with acute ischaemic stroke has been launched. The project is funded by the NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research Programme and is led by researchers from Newcastle University.

We are recruiting clinicians who are involved in making the final decision regarding thrombolysis for patients with acute ischemic stroke.  By understanding how clinicians make difficult trade-offs between the potential benefits and risks of thrombolysis, we can design strategies to better support risk communication, consent and decision-making with patients in clinical practice.

Using the link below, a personalised (anonymous) survey access link will be created to allow you to complete to survey and/or to re-access it at a later time, if required. The survey will ask you to respond to questions about your clinical background as well as state whether or not you would offer thrombolysis to patients described in series of hypothetical patient vignettes. We anticipate the survey will take between 30-45 minutes to complete and all respondents will be entered into a prize draw for an iPad.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Dr Aoife De Brún (Newcastle University) Tel: 0191 208 3810, Email:

You can access the survey here.

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