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Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry strategies from the field 2009
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    Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry Program. ; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. ;
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    The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (hereafter, the Coverdell program) is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national initiatives to reduce the burden of disease, disability, and death from stroke. The Coverdell program is designed to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of stroke care in U.S. hospitals. The main goals of the Coverdell program are to:

    • Measure, track, and improve the quality of care for acute stroke patients;

    • Decrease the rate of premature death and disability from acute stroke through secondary prevention;

    • Increase public awareness of stroke treatment and prevention; and

    • Reduce disparities in acute stroke care by providing underserved populations with better access to care.

    Since its initiation in 2001, the Coverdell program has evolved from a series of prototype projects to a more widespread system of implementation. Currently, six state health departments (in Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Ohio) are funded to establish registries at hospitals within their borders for the purpose of contributing to quality improvement (QI) in stroke care. These six states must establish a stroke registry to monitor, evaluate, and provide guidance to health care quality improvement efforts for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of acute stroke in hospitals statewide. However, states have some flexibility in the design and implementation of the program, for example, in their sampling methodology, recruitment plan, and quality improvement plan.

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