Stroke is one of the three most common causes of death in Germany and the most common cause of acquired disability during adulthood in Western societies.
After acute treatment in hospital and rehabilitation, the care of stroke patients is mainly organized by family physicians, specialists and other outpatient therapists working independently of one another. Such divided care is not only a challenge for the patients and their relatives, but also for the therapists.
The extent to which optimal care for patients can be achieved under these conditions has not been sufficiently investigated. There are many reasons, however, to assume that the comprehensive needs-oriented care of stroke patients in such a chronic phase often proves inadequate.
In order to be able to measure and evaluate the quality of care during the chronic phase of the disease, the Berliner Schlaganfallgesellschaft and the Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB) have joined with other neuropsychologists in Berlin to found a working group called "Core Data Set Outpatient Stroke Care". The aim of this working group is to develop and implement the use of quality indicators especially in the field of neuropsychology. These quality indicators are used as tools to represent the quality of a care unit (e.g. a clinic or practice) by numbers or numerical ratios, whereby the expression of an indicator can be associated with its degree of quality, whether poor or good.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meisel