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Developing comprehensive stroke services: an evidence-based approach.
  1. P. Langhorne
  1. Academic Section of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK.

    Abstract

    The recent interest in the development of services for stroke patients reflects an increasing optimism about stroke management and the recognition that properly organised care can improve outcomes after stroke. A comprehensive stroke service should provide early assessment and investigation of stroke disease in both in-patient and out-patient settings, acute care for stroke in-patients to manage their medical and surgical problems, and rehabilitation for patients with persisting functional problems. Other components may include out-patient, day hospital or domiciliary rehabilitation facilities and continuing care and support facilities for patients discharged from hospital. This article discusses the evidence to support different components of a comprehensive stroke service and emphasises the need for flexible approaches to different local conditions.

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