Stroke Systems of Care Framework: Collect and Use Data
As part of your plans to improve the quality of stroke care in your state, gather and use data to inform your partnerships and evaluations.
Data collection is integral to quality improvement. Development of performance metrics to measure improvement and patient outcomes over time helps identify areas of growth and areas of opportunity.
Use the data to measure, track, and identify areas for quality improvement. Specifically:
- Establish data collection for pre-, in-, and post-hospital settings.
- Develop and apply data linkages of all data collected in specified care settings.
- Conduct timely analysis of data quality.
- Share select findings from data collection efforts.
Stroke surveillance data will help you assess the current stroke systems of care landscape and make educated decisions for your health department with specific hospitals, emergency medical services agencies, or post-hospital providers.
Learn more about the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program’s (PCNASP) easily accessible data collection tool in Epi Info™. The tool provides easy data entry, statistical analysis, and database construction and management for public health practitioners and researchers.