The Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) is led by European Stroke Organisation, in collaboration with the Stroke Alliance for Europe. The project extends across 46 countries, involving stroke experts and patient representatives, making it the largest ever stroke project in Europe. Activities are driven by four overarching targets for 2030: to reduce the absolute number of strokes in Europe by 10%, to treat 90% of all strokes in a dedicated stroke unit as the first line of care, to have national stroke plans for the entire chain of care, and to implement national strategies for stroke prevention. The SAP-E aims to reduce the burden of stroke through improvement of the entire chain of stroke care, from prevention to rehabilitation, with the establishment of a comprehensive and organized national stroke care framework being crucial to meeting the key project goals. Hanne Christensen, MD, PhD, MSci, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Introduces the SAP-E and shares an update on the launch of the Stroke Service Tracker for annual progress mapping. The Stroke Service Tracker will collect data on stroke incidence, mortality, stroke care pathways, and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) performance from all participating countries. This data will be presented annually to allow for comparison over time and between countries. This interview took place at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) 2023 Congress in Budapest, Hungary.
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