COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study


Building on partnerships and collaborations to improve
post-acute stroke care

The COMPASS Study was 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 evaluated a patient-centered, community-based care model, called the COMPASS model, to improve secondary prevention, recovery and access to community resources for stroke survivors and caregivers. COMPASS encourages and facilitates patient and caregiver self-management of care. 

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 are posted throughout this website and available to the public for anyone interested in implementing post-acute transitional care in their hospital. 

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COMPASS at ISC 2019!

The NC COMPASS Study will be at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) next week! Please join us for the final results of the study which will be...

American Nurse Today highlights the COMPASS Model

The December 2018 Issue of American Nurse Today addressed stroke patient readmissions and highlighted transitional care models, such as the COMPASS...


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Patient-Stakeholder: Joy Murphy stroke survivor and Sanford/ Lee County Stroke Support group leader

Patient-Stakeholder: Joy Murphy stroke survivor and Sanford/ Lee County Stroke Support group leader Written by Kaitie Shuping As soon as you meet...

Dr. Bushnell on Facebook Live! WFBH’s Facebook page – learn the signs and symptoms of stroke!

Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke, and the available treatments and services with Dr. Cheryl Bushnell and Dr. Stacey Wolfe.

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