Improving access to evidence-based acute stroke services: development and evaluation of a health systems model to address equity of access issues

Cadilhac, Dominique A, Moodie, Marjory L., Lalor, Erin E., Bilney, Lucinda E. and Donnan, Geoffrey A. 2006, Improving access to evidence-based acute stroke services: development and evaluation of a health systems model to address equity of access issues, Australian health review, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 109-118.

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Title Improving access to evidence-based acute stroke services: development and evaluation of a health systems model to address equity of access issues
Author(s) Cadilhac, Dominique A
Moodie, Marjory L.
Lalor, Erin E.
Bilney, Lucinda E.
Donnan, Geoffrey A.
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 109
End page 118
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006-02-01
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Summary Level 1 evidence for management of patients with stroke in a dedicated Stroke Care Unit (SCU) demonstrates improved outcomes by about 20%. It has been estimated that 21% of Australian hospitals provide an SCU and that these SCUs are mainly located in either metropolitan sites and/or in hospitals with more than 300 beds. To address equity issues related to access to SCUs, the National Stroke Foundation and the Australian Government undertook the National Stroke Units Program. One program outcome was the development of a conceptual model of acute stroke service delivery. The development process and initial evaluation of the model are described. Use of the model to increase capacity within the health care system to treat stroke is discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Australian Health Review
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009373

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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