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New recommendations released for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals highlight the important role that stroke patients and their families play as they progress through the various stages of care.

Patients and their families should be directly involved in decision-making, goal-setting, and care planning throughout the transitions of care process. Transitions refer to the movement of patients among healthcare locations, providers, different goals of care, and across the various settings where healthcare services are received.

Further, the guidelines stress that a strong emphasis should be placed on educating patients and families around stroke including understanding the nature and causes of stroke, recognizing the signs, being aware of the impact and ongoing needs of the patient, and promoting self-management.

“Bad transitions equal poor outcomes; it is as simple as that,” says Patrice Lindsay, RN, PhD, Director, Best Practices and Performance, Stroke, Heart and Stroke Foundation. “There is evidence to show that when transitions are well planned with active participation from patients and families, and the necessary pieces are in place –  such as  transfer of health information to the next members of the team and ensuring home modifications are completed –   the result is better outcomes for stroke patients.”

The new recommendations were released as updates to the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care in the “Managing Stroke Transitions of Care” chapter. New recommendations for managing patients with post-stroke fatigue, and educational recommendations for home-care professionals and long-term care facilities staff are also included.

The updated Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care chapters are posted at www.strokebestpractices.ca and will be widely disseminated in the Canadian health-care community. The recommendations provide evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and management of stroke and are updated on a rotating cycle every two years.

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“Bad transitions equal poor outcomes; it is as simple as that.”

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The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care is a joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Network and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

There are about 50,000 strokes in Canada every year and 315,000 people living with the after-effects of stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and a leading cause of death. Learn more by visiting www.heartandstroke.ca or www.ontariostrokenetwork.ca. 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. ‘Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen’. Heartandstroke.ca

The Canadian Stroke Network (www.canadianstrokenetwork.ca) is a national research network headquartered at the University of Ottawa. It includes scientists, clinicians and health-policy experts committed to reducing the impact of stroke.

Download Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care, Fourth Edition here.

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Media inquiries:

Stephanie Lawrence
613.569.4361 ext 351
slawrence@hsf.ca