Durban Stroke Data Bank (DSDB)

Principal Investigator

Michael Hoffmann 
James A Haley VA Hospital,
Tampa, Fl 33612, USA.


Country South Africa
Principal Investigator Michael Hoffmann
Contact person (email)
Key publication/reference Hoffmann. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 1998; 7:404-413
Hoffmann. Neurorehabil Neural Repair2001; 15:113
Years in which study conducted 1992-1998
Size 1000
Population: Hospital/community Hospital
Selection: consecutive/random ?
Admit with previous stroke? Yes
Admit with TIA? ?
Age range 15-49
Number of centres 1
Control group: number, population, selection None
Initial: Time and data collected/tests administered CT or MRI, Higher cortical function deficit screening exam, blood test, ECG, MedHx, lifestyle
Detailed (initial)
Subsequent (follow-ups) 1m, 2m, 4m, 6m, 12m: Function
Stroke-related data Canadian Neurological Scale, Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Score, TOAST
Functional tests/data Barthel Index, Rankin Scale
Other medical tests/data CSF (subgroup)
Neuropsychological tests Test battery (subgroup)
MRI scans, when and how many Initial (n=435)
PET scans SPECT (n=36)
Psychiatric exams/diagnoses None
Intervention trialled? No

CT=computed tomography scan, MedHx=medical history, VRF=vascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, obesity, smoking etc.), NΨ=neuropsychological, TIA=transient ischemic attack, m=month, y=year