Stroke Systems of Care

Policy Resources

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. There are life-saving treatments for stroke, but patients must receive them in a timely manner.

Some states use laws to organize local health services into stroke systems of care—networks that help stroke victims receive appropriate treatment faster from the ambulance to the hospital to rehabilitation.

This page provides information about the evidence behind these systems of care and where evidence-informed policies have been adopted by states across the country.

Policy Evidence Assessment Reports (PEARs)

Stroke pre-notification of receiving facility by emergency medical service (EMS) providers.

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.

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State Law Analyses and Resources

State Law Fact Sheets describe the scientific evidence in support of legal interventions and describe the extent to which states have enacted such laws. Related policy analysis provides additional context and information.

Related Resources

Find related policy resources from CDC and other organizations.

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