Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of life-long disability worldwide. Effective methods for stroke treatment exist, however, in some countries the implementation of these treatment methods is on a very low level and therefore constitutes the most challenging problem in current stroke management. In many countries and many hospitals, patients do not receive effective treatment, because a working implementation framework is missing.
The IRENE COST Action is a unique highly influential international network, which brings together over 60 stroke professionals from 33 participating countries.
The goal of IRENE COST Action is to provide a measurement of stroke care quality in all participating countries, with a particular focus on countries, where the burden of stroke is higher, while the quality of stroke care is lower (e.g. Eastern Europe). The measurement of stroke care quality is one of the critical and initial steps to decrease disparities in stroke care and to improve the outcomes after stroke.
The core activity of the IRENE COST Action is to improve the quality of stroke care through:
Our project has concluded its first year of existence and successfully achieved the deliverables set for the first grant period. We have prepared a new W&BP and new targets for the new year, read all about it in the Members section.
During the covid-19 pandemic, our team members have partialy shifted their activity to help their institution. They have been instrumental in assisting the St Anne's University Hospital in Brno with distributing donations to individual cliniques.
On behalf of IRENE, we wanted to give thanks to whoever participated in any voluntary activities during this unprecedented situation. Thank you!