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Integrated stroke care system results in fewer deaths, discharges to long-term care facilities
Date:5/27/2013

rom 7 to 6 days.

"We found that implementation of a provincial system of stroke care was associated with increased rates of care at specialized stroke centres, improved processes of acute stroke care delivery and decreased rates of admission to a long-term care facility and decreased rates of death after stroke, beyond what would be expected based on underlying temporal trends," writes Dr. Moira Kapral, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, with coauthors.

"Our findings provide strong support for the ongoing development and implementation of regional systems of organized stroke care delivery. Future research should focus on identifying the specific components of such systems that are most likely to account for improvements in outcomes," the researchers conclude.


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