COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study
Building on partnerships and collaborations to improve
post-acute stroke care
The COMPASS Study is a pragmatic, randomized trial to investigate post-acute stroke care models that are aimed at improving patient functional outcomes and reducing hospital re-admissions.
The COMPASS study will evaluate a patient-centered, community-based care model to improve secondary prevention, recovery and access to community resources for stroke survivors and caregivers. COMPASS will encourage and facilitate patient and caregiver self-management of care.
We leveraged the successes of the NC Stroke Care Collaborative network of hospitals to expand quality improvement to the post-acute care space. In the first phase of the study, sites were randomized to provide the COMPASS intervention or continue their usual care. In Phase 2, one-year later, the usual-care hospitals also received the COMPASS intervention, while the other hospitals sustained the intervention.
The COMPASS model is a standardized transitional care program that can be implemented in any hospital interested in improving their care for stroke and TIA patients. The COMPASS model training and materials will be made available to the public on June 30, 2019 for all to implement in their hospital.