Position Statements

These quick reference sheets will help you to understand the Ontario Stroke Network’s position on issues that affect stroke.

Outpatient and Community Rehabilitation Services for Stroke (2015)

Over 25,000 Ontarians experience a stroke every year and more than 100,000 are living with the consequences of stroke. Stroke is a complex condition with physical, emotional and cognitive impacts; therefore most patients of all ages require integrated interprofessional rehabilitation services1 provided by health care professionals with expertise in stroke. Stroke is often associated with the elderly, however there is a growing percentage of stroke patients between the ages of 46-65 so access to comprehensive rehabilitation programs (including vocational and reintegration services) is of increasing importance

Regional Stroke Network Infrastructure Funding Position Statement (2014)

By 2005 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC) invested $30M to reorganize stroke prevention and care across the province primarily through establishing regional stroke programs. The majority of the funds was provided to stroke centres (hospitals) and intended for ensuring appropriate services were in place across the region and continuum. This included establishing processes to bring providers together to plan, implement and continuously improve stroke prevention and care. In 2005/06 these funds were transferred into hospital base budgets and supported by lineby-line reporting requirements with the then MoHLTC regional offices to ensure the funds were used for their intended purpose. These accountabilities were not clarified during the establishment of the LHINs. In 2009 the LHINs revisited the stroke centre accountabilities and determined that requirements would be included in the Hospital Annual Planning Submission (HAPS) guidelines and the Hospital Service Accountability Agreements (HSAA) for hospitals with specific responsibilities for stroke prevention and care.