Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Overview

Updated:Jul 9,2018

Healthier patients. Healthier hospitals.

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Since its initiation in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements.

But patients aren't the only ones who benefit. Get With The Guidelines-Stroke supports hospitals in many ways, including:
  • access to the most up-to-date research and scientific publications
  • professional education opportunities, such as workshops and webinars
  • clinical tools and resources
  • patient education resources
  • QI field staff support
  • a competitive advantage in the healthcare marketplace
  • national and local recognition for hospital team program achievement 
  • submission of CMS Core Stroke Measures and other data 
  • performance feedback reporting for continuous quality improvement
Data submission and feedback reporting are performed using the American Heart Association’s Patient Management Tool™ (PMT), an online, interactive system provided by Quintiles Real World & Late Phase Research.  Download the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke fact sheets for more information.
  • Stroke fact sheet (PDF): View the achievement, quality, reporting, and descriptive measures reported on via Get With The Guidelines-Stroke.
  • Comprehensive Stroke fact sheet (PDF) : View the 14 pilot Comprehensive Stroke Center metrics reported on via Get With The Guidelines-Stroke. These Comprehensive Stroke measures were developed by the Get With The Guidelines expert leaders to help support hospital processes and aspects of care that are strongly supported by science.
  • CRF (PDF)
  • 30-day Follow Up Form (PDF) 

Steps for Getting Started

  1. Contact your local Get With The Guidelines representative to begin the enrollment process. Your local representative will be able to assist you through the contracting process and answer any questions you may have.
  2. When you are ready, Join Now to enroll in GWTG-Stroke program.
  3. Assemble your multidisciplinary team to determine roles and processes for entering patient data.
  4. Create your baseline by entering 30 records into the PMT to assess your treatment rates.
  5. Use the PMT benchmarking reports  to identify areas for improvement and refine processes and protocols to ensure they are in line with the Guidelines.
  6. Identify areas for improvement.
  7. Refine processes and protocols to ensure they are in line with the guidelines.
  8. Brainstorm with your team to find ways to improve your hospital’s treatment rates.
  9. Test your ideas. Remember that changes do not have to be large. Sometimes it works best to start small and build on success.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until your team is happy with your treatment rates and your hospital is eligible for recognition.
  11. Celebrate your successes and spread the word!

Get With The Guidelines - Stroke has been funded in the past through support from Janssen Pharmaceuticals and has been funded in the past through support from Boeringher-Ingelheim and Merck.

Research Opportunity Overview

Researchers also have the opportunity to conduct investigator led research projects using data from the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program. Research projects are hypothesis-driven studies that are developed into manuscripts suitable for peer-reviewed publication.

For an overview of data housed in the Stroke Patient Management Tool, please refer to the Stroke CRF (PDF). To submit a research proposal for the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program, email a completed Get With The Guidelines Data Request Form (Document) to

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke

Focus on Quality

Return to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Home 
Find Out What the Program Does for Hospitals and Patients
Submit Data and Track Performance in the Patient Management Tool 
Put Our Collection of Clinical Tools to Work
See Proof of Effectiveness in Scientific Publications 
Explore Professional Education Workshops and Webinars
Patient Learn to Help Themselves with Educational Materials 
Earn Public Recognition for Your Achievement
Use Our Media Kit to Raise Awareness of Your Quality Commitment
Target: Stroke