Stroke is a devastating disease for patients, families and the healthcare system. Outcomes research can contribute with the analysis, evaluation and dissemination of the result of specific treatment, processes of care or medical procedures to improve patient outcomes. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2000), outcomes research "seeks to understand the end results of specific health care practices and interventions." By linking the care people get to the outcomes they experience, outcomes research can become the key to developing better ways to monitor and improve the quality of care.
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