ESO has developed a framework to achieve its quality improvement objectives – from Guidelines that identify best practice, to Certification that measures the capabilities of Stroke Centres and Units. ESO also endorses the Angels Initiative, building a community of stroke centres and stroke-ready hospitals in Europe. The Angels project aims to increase the number of patients treated in stroke-ready hospitals and to optimise the quality of treatment in all existing stroke centres. Moreover, ESO, together wih SAFE has published the Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) to set a roadmap and define goals for the treatment of stroke in Europe through 2030 and assembled a Steering Committee to drive its implementation.
ESO-EAST is the first comprehensive programme of improving stroke care in eastern European countries through the participation of stroke professionals, professional organisations and local authorities in these countries. Key elements include measuring stroke care quality using a newly developed Registry of Stroke Care Quality (RES-Q) and the existing SITS registry and improving stroke care quality by providing education to stroke professionals.
WISE (Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe) highlights the need for research-based knowledge on gender differences in stroke in Europe and works to stimulate research in the field.
The European Stroke Journal demonstrates ESO’s engagement in promoting science in the stroke field, and provides a platform for the publication of scientific papers especially from Europe. The Trials Network Committee facilitates academic clinical stroke research in Europe, with a particular focus on clinical trials of treatments for acute stroke care, stroke prevention, and stroke recovery. A major initiative of the Trials Network Committee is ESOTA.
ESO and its stakeholders inform public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, social, and health systems and institutions. ESO acts as a reference point for EU Institutions and collaborates with related societies, the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE),and other (national) patient organisations.
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