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The annual national Italian stroke survey was published on a large diffusion journal (FOCUS) inclusion criteria >50 stroke patients admitted per year in 2011. Markers of performance mortality a 1-month, re-admission in the month following the discharge for a stroke. Data as usual available from the national  health care authorities.

Mortality rates in 2011 was 11.6 and re admission 10.62 (the best Italian centres had 2.73 and 7.31).

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