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Invited Commentary
May 10, 2010

Measure for Measure: New Insights Offered and Challenges Encountered in the Efforts to Improve Acute Stroke Care: Comment on “Processes of Care Associated With Acute Stroke Outcomes”

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(9):810-812. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.93

Financial Disclosure: None reported.

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery: An Autobiography, 1901

Cerebrovascular disease is common in the United States: 800 000 strokes and 200 000 to 500 000 transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) every year produce an estimated prevalence of 6.4 million strokes and 5 million TIAs among adult Americans. Strokes are a major cause of disability and often result in long-term institutionalization. It is therefore essential to improve the health outcomes of people with stroke.

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