Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go-Tech, 29th - 31st January 2018, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Simon GandeviaProf Peter Langhorne, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK

Peter Langhorne is Professor of Stroke Care at the University of Glasgow, UK. His research work has focussed on the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for stroke patients, including service delivery (eg. stroke units and early supported discharge) and stroke rehabilitation (eg. early rehabilitation). This work has involved the use of various methodological approaches and collaboration with more than 50 colleagues from around the world. He is the coordinating editor of the Cochrane Stroke Group and is still trying to complete his Munros.

Stroke service organisation (Getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time)

The organisation of services for stroke patients in many wealthy countries has undergone radical development over the last twenty years and there is now an increased understanding for the evidence base for different service models.  There is also an improved recognition that the ways in which professional care is delivered which may impact on fundamental patient outcomes. 
This presentation aims to explore three broad aspects of the organisation and delivery of care to people after stroke:
a) The evidence underpinning different models of service organisation (eg. stroke units, rehabilitation units, early supported discharge services),
b) The progress towards their implementation and the lessons from these initiatives,
c) The possible mechanisms by which service organisation may impact on important patient outcomes (survival, recovery, avoidance of complications, quality of life).
The presentation will finish with a discussion of some future challenges and areas for future research.