Compliance With the Stroke Education Performance Measure in the Michigan Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry
Background and Purpose—Stroke education, 1 of 8 endorsed stroke performance measures, consists of 5 specific subcomponents: risk factors, stroke warning signs, emergency medical service activation, physician follow-up, and discharge medications. We identified predictors of stroke education performance measure compliance in the Michigan Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry.
>Methods—Data were collected on 9609 acute stroke admissions to 20 registry hospitals during 2008 and 2009. Predictors of measure compliance (delivery of all 5 subcomponents) were determined using multivariable logistic regression.
Results—Overall compliance with the stroke education measure was 61.8% (hospital-level compliance ranged between 16% and 93%). Compliance with individual subcomponents were risk factors (65.5%), stroke warning signs (68.9%), emergency medical service activation (66.8%), physician follow-up (92.9%), and discharge medications (91.5%). Age, gender, stroke subtype, prestroke ambulation, discharge destination, and hospital size were all significant independent predictors of compliance. Stroke education was delivered less often to patients who were ≥70 years of age, nonambulatory prestroke, not discharged to home, had transient ischemic attack, or hemorrhagic stroke.
Conclusions—Only 60% of patients received stroke education consistent with the endorsed performance measures. Strategies to increase stroke education, including the impact of incorporating stroke-specific education measures into hospital care protocols, should be explored.
- Received January 10, 2013.
- Revision received February 14, 2013.
- Accepted February 19, 2013.
- © 2013 American Heart Association, Inc.