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Stroke strategy in England is improving acute care, shows audit

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c687 (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c687
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The risk of dying within 10 years of having a stroke has fallen since the introduction of a national stroke strategy in England in 2007, says a national review published this week. But it warns that improvements have not been universal and developments in follow-up care have not matched those achieved in acute care.

    The 10 year national stroke strategy was developed in response to concerns raised by the National Audit Office in its 2005 report, which warned that stroke had a low priority in the NHS and that medical and technological developments that could improve patient outcomes were not being implemented. The strategy introduced strong national leadership and performance indicators for stroke care, supported by central funding of £59m (€67m; $95m) over the first two years.

    An audit of progress made over the past four years shows that the chances of a patient dying within 10 years of having a stroke have …

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