New stroke treatment proves effective, both medically and financially

January 3, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As soon as possible after a stroke, a critical step is to eliminate the clot that caused it. While the current standard of care is to use “clot busting” tissue-type plasminogen activator drugs, recent studies have shown greater medical efficacy in combining the drugs with a “stent retriever” that mechanically opens the artery for a device to grab it and pull it out — a surgical procedure called “thrombectomy.”

The question remained, however, of whether the added procedure was cost-effective. A new study co-authored by Theresa Shireman, professor of health services, policy and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health, found that it is. After higher initial costs, Shireman explains, better outcomes for patients make stroke-related care less costly in the long run. READ MORE