Stroke is a leading cause of global disease burden, and the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) is one of many efforts to reduce associated death and disability through improved evidence-based care. As a national stroke registry (i.e. a population based data collection system), the AuSCR was established to provide a comprehensive description of Australia’s stroke care experiences and to enable monitoring and evaluation of the entire healthcare system.
Through the AuSCR,
- a nation-wide view of stroke care using validated quality indicators can be developed
- variability in the care that is provided to patients with stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) admitted to hospital can be monitored and addressed
- quality of care can be assessed in light of key patient outcomes, including self-reported quality of life indicators three to six months after hospital admission
The AuSCR uses the Australian Stoke Data Tool (AuSDaT) for data entry and access, the same system used for the National Stroke Audit and an increasing number of other stroke programs. The AuSDaT is easily accessed via the internet, can share information between programs, has inbuilt data logic checks, provides live reports for users, and allows hospitals to import and export their own data as needed.