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J Multidiscip Healthc. 2015 Sep 22;8:433-42. doi: 10.2147/JMDH.S68764. eCollection 2015.

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

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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:

interdisciplinary; multidisciplinary; rehabilitation; stroke care; team working

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