California Acute Stroke Prototype Registry (CASPR) / Development of Prototypes for the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry

Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Location(s): United States


In 2001, Congress charged CDC with implementing state-based registries that measure and track acute stroke care and to use data from the registries in efforts to improve the quality of that care. Congress further directed that this project be named the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, after the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia, who suffered a fatal stroke in 2000 while serving in Congress. 

CDC, in consultation with stroke experts and organizations, piloted eight prototype registry projects, led by academic and medical institutions across the country, to test models for measuring the quality of care delivered to stroke patients. These prototype projects gathered data concerning each step of emergency and hospital care for stroke patients, from emergency response to the patients' eventual discharge from a hospital.