Each year approximately 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke, which is one every 10 minutes. Of these, two will recover, six will suffer permanent disability and two will die. Strokes are the leading cause of disability, and the third leading cause of death in Canada. They cost the Canadian economy at least $2.7 billion dollars annually. Primary care physicians play a pivotal role to ensure evidence-based strategies to prevent stroke are appropriately utilized, but a significant care gap exists. Addressing this care gap in the highest risk populations will reduce the economic and human cost of cerebrovascular disease.
Thrombosis Canada has created a best-in-class quality improvement program for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. This QIP is fully integrated into EMR and provides point of care solutions based on the Thrombosis Canada clinical guides and tools. Participants of the Thrombosis Canada QIP are eligible for up to 6 Main Pro C credits. This initiative is also harmonized with the recent mandate from the MOHLTC for all Family Heath Teams, Community Health Clinics and other models to initiate QIPs.
The overall objective of this FQI initiative is to improve stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation.