Case ascertainment is a measure of the coverage of all stroke patients. The aim is to have a patient record created on SSNAP for each new stroke admission.
Audit compliance includes measures of completeness of items where it is possible to answer “not known” as all questions are mandatory. It also measures processes involved in the audit such as timely data entry and transfer of records between participating teams.
Both measures are vital contextualising indicators in the SSNAP clinical audit.
The SSNAP results portfolio provides the most detailed breakdown of these scores; including every data item and weighting included in audit compliance. Teams are encouraged to interrogate this data on a regular basis to identify areas where improvements can be made in data collection, entry and other processes associated with the audit.
Overall scores for both measures are included in your team's slidedecks, interactive maps, performance tables and summary tables, all of which are publicly available.
How is the overall SSNAP level adjusted for case ascertainment and audit compliance?
The graphic below illustrates how improving these measures can have a significant effect on the overall SSNAP achieved.
These adjustments can have a significant impact on your overall SSNAP score, so it is vital that you ensure that the data entered to SSNAP is timely and complete for all of your patients.