Description of the levels within the Swedish health system. *At the national level, each NQR is led by a national registry manager and a steering committee. A local registry manager is responsible for the registry at hospitals or primary care centres. **All 72 acute care hospitals that care for stroke patients are participating and the coverage is 91 per cent of all Swedish stroke patients (in total about 375,000 patients in the registry). Each year between 25,000 and 26,000 unique care episodes are included.