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Letter from the President
Dear friends and colleagues,
As the President of ESO I will strive to maintain the trust of our members, through a transparent administration and a timely and constant monitoring of pertinent objectives. Our on-going projects include further fostering our longstanding partnerships with WSO, EAN, ESC, ESMIN, ESNR and SAFE in promoting the adherence of Stroke Unit care, as defined by the 2008 ESO guidelines. We seek to reach this shared objective through platforms including the ESO Stroke Unit and Stroke Centre Certification Platform www.eso-stroke.org/eso-stroke/esoactivities/eso-stroke-unit-and-stroke-centre-certification.html.
Likewise, ESO is about to engage in formal talks with the European Commission in Brussels on the advantages of adopting a uniform European Stroke Unit Standard that would guarantee equal access to current ESO stroke care standards for all persons within the EU.
Regarding the ESO-EAST project, the RES-Q registry is about to start collecting quality metrics from several Central and Eastern European institutions so to better identify where stroke guideline adherence is lacking. The registry questionnaire is based upon the Cross-National Key Performance Measures of the Quality of Acute Stroke Care in Western Europe, (Norrving et al, Stroke, 2015).
The technical development and hosting of the RES-Q registry were under the direction of the ESO-EAST Coordinator Robert Mikulik from the St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno. This registry design with its quality indicators and brief data collection period of one month should turn out to be an easily exportable model for all of Europe. Once we have better identified gaps in care standards, we will share this information with both the stakeholders and ESO members.
With regard to the European Stroke Journal (ESJ), it aims to receive Medline indexing shortly. To achieve this distinction, ESJ will require that more ESO members submit their research for publication. ESJ has recently published its September issue.
Over summer the months, the ESO head office and newsletter volunteers have been hard at work on realizing a monthly newsletter, so you can be better updated on what is going on inside the society. They have also given the newsletter a cleaner layout.
As part of this monthly newsletter format, we have added an ESO Member Activity Section where you are invited to share with other ESO members your activities on Stroke. These might include on-going or future awareness campaigns, on-going research or detailed descriptions of organizational strategies within your institution that would be of interest. Furthermore, you can post any open positions at your hospital and or university that need to be filled on the ESO Job Platform. All submissions for the newsletter need to be forwarded to Jennifer Thomsen at the head office (Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time.
I am looking forward to meeting up with many of you at one of the many scheduled ESO activities this autumn.
Valeria Caso, ESO President