The Australian Stroke Clinical Registry is a prospective, multi-centre, observational outcomes database designed to collect data on the demographics, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of hospitalised patients with stroke.  In contrast to a randomized, controlled trial there are no pre-defined experimental interventions and limited restrictive exclusion criteria.  Even though the Stroke Registry does not require administration of any specific medication or medical procedures, we still recommend ethical clearance specifically for this registry.  This is because specific patient identifiers are collected. Therefore every hospital must have institutional ethics approval prior to commencing data collection.

Sample ethics documents are available from AuSCR Office. These documents  may be helpful in preparing your hospital ethics submission.  You are free to revise or modify this material as needed to meet your local requirements.

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