Study: Community-onset stroke patients get better care

05/23/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Data from the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines program showed patients who have strokes outside of a hospital setting get better care and have better outcomes than those who have the attacks as inpatients, according to research presented at the Society of Hospital Medicine conference. Dr. Ethan Cumbler, program director of the National Stroke Association In-Hospital Stroke Quality Improvement Initiative, said in-hospital strokes should be reported to quality databases so "we can accurately understand the quality of care we are providing, identify gaps, and perform process improvement to close any discrepancies."

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