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Improving post-stroke recovery: the role of the multidisciplinary health care team

Authors Clarke D, Forster A

Received 23 May 2015

Accepted for publication 17 July 2015

Published 22 September 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 433—442

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S68764

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


David J Clarke, Anne Forster

Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford, UK

Abstract: Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, the effects of which may be prolonged with physical, emotional, social, and financial consequences not only for those affected but also for their family and friends. Evidence for the effectiveness of stroke unit care and the benefits of thrombolysis have transformed treatment for people after stroke. Previously viewed nihilistically, stroke is now seen as a medical emergency with clear evidence-based care pathways from hospital admission to discharge. However, stroke remains a complex clinical condition that requires health professionals to work together to bring to bear their collective knowledge and specialist skills for the benefit of stroke survivors. Multidisciplinary team working is regarded as fundamental to delivering effective care across the stroke pathway. This paper discusses the contribution of team working in improving recovery at key points in the post-stroke pathway.

Keywords: stroke care, rehabilitation, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, team working

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