Ontario Stroke Network SPOR Demonstration Project

In Ontario, stroke best practices have been a long-standing focus. Ontario’s provincial stroke system began development in the late 1990s when the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation funded pilot projects to establish a regionalized approach to stroke care encompassing the entire care continuum from prevention to community reintegration. In 2008, the Ontario Stroke Network was established and the system has continued to evolve associated with significant improvements in processes and outcomes. While the OSN SPOR“EQUIP-Stroke” project was designed to evaluate the impact of stroke Quality Based Procedures (QBP) in Ontario, it is important to consider the environment into which this initiative was introduced and the context of the gains already made through the ongoing evolution of Ontario’s stroke system.

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