The Lombardia Stroke Unit Registry: 1-year experience of a web-based hospital stroke registry.
ABSTRACT This paper presents methodological aspects of the Lombardia Stroke Registry. At the registry start-up, 36 recruiting centres were identified according to a regional survey. The registry recruits consecutive patients with acute stroke or transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs). A 3-month follow-up was planned to correlate acute care with outcomes. On 31st December 2007, data concerning 6,181 patients discharged alive were available. The registry aims at measuring performance parameters, identifying guidelines non-compliance and analysing care processes. In this first phase, 30% of the Lombardia acute stroke and 10% of TIA patients have been enrolled, thus the sample can be considered informative for the disease care in the region. The proportion of completed data items is very high with very small differences among items. The following critical points were highlighted: (1) lack of data input staff for 30% of centres, and (2) difficulty of obtaining the informed consent for post-discharge follow-up.