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July 18, 2012

Comparing Hospitals on Stroke CareThe Need to Account for Stroke Severity

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: INSERM Unit 708–Neuroepidemiology, Bordeaux, France (Dr Kurth); University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux (Dr Kurth); Department of Neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York (Dr Elkind); and Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, (Dr Elkind).

JAMA. 2012;308(3):292-294. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.8448

Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and worldwide and is associated with enormous health care expenditures.1 Approximately 800 000 new or recurrent strokes occur annually in the United States, and of these, about 87% are ischemic cerebral infarctions.1

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