Chinese Stroke Association guidelines for clinical management of cerebrovascular disorders: executive summary and 2019 update on organizational stroke management

Stroke Vasc Neurol. 2020 Sep;5(3):260-269. doi: 10.1136/svn-2020-000355. Epub 2020 Jul 8.


Aim: Stroke is characterised by high morbidity, mortality and disability, which seriously affects the health and safety of the people. Stroke has become a serious public health problem in China. Organisational stroke management can significantly reduce the mortality and disability rates of patients with stroke. We provide this evidence-based guideline to present current and comprehensive recommendations for organisational stroke management.

Methods: A formal literature search of MEDLINE (1 January 1997 through 30 September 2019) was performed. Data were synthesised with the use of evidence tables. Writing group members met by teleconference to discuss data-derived recommendations. The Chinese Stroke Association's Levels of Evidence grading algorithm was used to grade each recommendation.

Results: Evidence-based guidelines are presented for the organisational management of patients presenting with stroke. The focus of the guideline was subdivided into prehospital first aid system of stroke, rapid diagnosis and treatment of emergency in stroke centre, organisational management of stroke unit and stroke clinic, construction of regional collaborative network among stroke centres and evaluation and continuous improvement of stroke medical quality.

Conclusions: The guidelines offer an organisational stroke management model for patients with stroke which might help dramatically.

Keywords: stroke.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • China / epidemiology
  • Consensus
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / standards*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Neurology / organization & administration
  • Neurology / standards*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Stroke / diagnosis
  • Stroke / epidemiology
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • Stroke Rehabilitation / standards*
  • Treatment Outcome