Stroke Systems of Care: State Policy Interventions by Evidence Level

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This page summarizes state policy interventions in stroke systems of care by evidence level, based on findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) pre-hospital and in-hospital/post-hospital Policy Evidence Assessment Reports.

Pre-hospital policy assessments were determined as of May 31, 2017; in-hospital/post-hospital assessments were determined as of May 31, 2018.  State laws that address the policy interventions with “best” evidence are expected to have the greatest potential for a positive health impact and an associated economic impact. Those with “promising” or “emerging” evidence could also have positive impacts, but the quantity and quality of the evidence for public health impact is limited at this time. Many of the interventions presented here are expected to work together to improve stroke outcomes. State-level policies can address the integration of the interventions presented below.

Each policy intervention listed below includes a brief description of a state law example that closely aligns with the intervention.

Evidence Level: Best

Evidence Level: Promising

Evidence Level: Emerging

Read all evidence summaries, including state-specific examples and references, by downloading the full reports.