National Sentinel Stroke Audit 1998-2011

Geoffrey Cloud, Alex Hoffman, Anthony Rudd

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Stroke is a common and devastating disease and, until very recently, was largely unrecognised as a preventable or treatable condition. Between 1998 and 2010, the National Sentinel Stroke Audit (NSSA) achieved 100% voluntary participation, collecting data on more than 60,000 patients from stroke services within England, Wales and Northern Ireland and becoming a benchmark for hospital stroke services. In this way it has informed stroke improvement at the local, regional and national levels and has overseen a radical change in stroke care within the NHS. This article describes the achievements of the NSSA and the lessons learned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-448
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical audit
  • Service improvement
  • Stroke

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