National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Stroke Prevention and Management Across the Continuum of Care
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Associated Project:Stroke Prevention and Management
In the United States, stroke is the
third leading cause of death, and it is a leading cause of severe long-term
disability. More than 700,000 people will have a stroke this year; of these,
200,000 will be recurrent strokes. Including both direct and indirect costs,
the estimated cost of stroke was almost $62.7 billion in 2007. The provision of
high-quality inpatient stroke care is one of the most critical services a
hospital can provide, reflecting the efficiency of the hospital and its ability
to coordinate care provided within its walls as well as with outside providers.
This report presents 17 NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards that
aim to make care more patient centered, prevent reoccurring strokes, and
improve quality across a stroke episode, including acute care, post-acute
follow-up, rehabilitation, and post-rehabilitation. A measure of acute stroke
mortality also was endorsed.