Time dependent impact of diabetes on mortality in patients with stroke: Survival up to 5 years in a health insurance population cohort in Germany

Heiner Claessen, Andrea Icks, Stephan Morbach, Gerd Glaeske & Falk Hoffmann
Aims: To estimate the impact of diabetes on mortality in patients after first stroke event. Methods: Using claims data of a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (Gmünder ErsatzKasse, GEK), we assessed all deaths in a cohort of all 5,757 patients with a first stroke between 2005 and 2007 (69.3% male, mean age 68.1 years, 32.2% diabetic) up to 2009. Using Cox regression, we estimated time dependent hazard ratios (HR) to compare patients with and without...