The Canadian Stroke Best Practices Secondary Prevention of Stroke module was published in the International Journal of Stroke.  The URL to the module is http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijs.12439/full.

The revised Secondary Prevention of Stroke module is the first release in the fifth edition of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations.  The theme for the 2014 – 2015 updates is Working Together with Stroke Survivors and their Caregivers to Achieve Optimal Outcomes, emphasizing the need for a committed interprofessional team approach to stroke care across the continuum, and for ensuring patient-centred care.  This is also the first module to be published in the International Journal of Stroke, the official journal of the World Stroke Organization. This is very exciting news and will result in increased recognition and credibility of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations in Canada as well as internationally, and helps to further our strategic goal of increasing the impact and reach of the Best Practices. The methodology for this module is available on the Best Practices website (http://www.strokebestpractices.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CSBPR2014_Overview_Methodology_ENG.pdf) .

The publication includes just the actual recommendations themselves.  The French version of the recommendations is also included in the publication as an Appendix. All supporting materials (rationale, system implications, performance measures and evidence summaries) will remain on the SBP website in both EN and FR.  We have updated the stroke best practices website with all the new materials in both EN and FR.  .

HSF’s goal for 2015 is to submit the mood and cognition, hyperacute and acute care and the rehab modules to IJS for publication.

Many people in the provinces were involved in the writing group, or as reviewers or research experts. They have all been acknowledged and provided with certificates of participation from HSF.