Neurologists' Comfort with tPA Treatment Increasing

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US neurology residents have become increasingly comfortable with the use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in patients with stroke, shows an analysis of data from the past decade.

A previous survey of neurology residents who were in their final year in 2000 found that 73% of 287 respondents felt comfortable using tPA in stroke patients.

The follow-up survey, of 491 final-year neurology residents in 2010, reveals that 94% of 286 respondents feel comfortable with providing tPA treatment.

"This is good news," said lead researcher Brett Cucchiara (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). "It is imperative that neurology residents attain a level of comfort using tPA that will allow them to use the medication effectively in their clinical practice and guide other physicians in its use."

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