The Stroke Unit Trialists’ Collaboration review of stroke units from the Cochrane Collaboration has been released.
The review, used to assess the effect of stroke unit care compared with alternative forms of care for people following a stroke, was released in September, 2013.
Organised stroke unit care is a form of care provided in hospital by nurses, doctors and therapists who specialise in looking after stroke patients and work as a co-ordinated team. This review of 28 trials, involving 5855 participants, showed that patients who receive this care are more likely to survive their stroke, return home and become independent in looking after themselves. A variety of different types of stroke unit have been developed. The review indicates that the best results appear to come from those which are based in a dedicated ward.