Riks-stroke - a Swedish national quality register for stroke care

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BACKGROUND: Riks-Stroke, the Swedish national quality register on stroke care, provides unique opportunities to evaluate stroke units in routine clinical care. METHODS: Basic patient characteristics, process indicators and outcome variables are recorded in all 85 hospitals admitting acute stroke patients. A 3-month follow-up is included. RESULTS: There are wide variations between hospitals in the proportion of patients admitted to a stroke unit, in secondary prevention and in the proportion of patients in institutional care at 3 months. Even after adjustment for available prognostic indicators, case fatality is lower and functional outcome is better in patients treated in stroke units than in patients treated in general wards. CONCLUSION: Riks-Stroke shows that outcome is consistently better in patients treated in a stroke unit than in general wards, not only in randomised trials but also in routine stroke care.


  • Kjell Asplund
  • Kerstin Hulter Asberg
  • Bo Norrving
  • Birgitta Stegmayr
  • Andreas Terent
  • Per-Olov Wester
External organisations
  • Norrland University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-7
JournalCerebrovascular Diseases
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes