Category: Stroke Care

Quality of Life and Disability

June 2018: Rangaraju et al (2017) Comparison of 3-month stroke disability and quality of life across modified Rankin Scale categories. Interventional Neurology, 6, 36-41. https://doi.org/10.1159/000452634 One of the issues that continues to concern me is that we fail to consistently and routinely measure outcomes…

Vision and Stroke

May 2018: Rowe, F. J., the VIS writing group. (2017). Vision In Stroke cohort: Profile overview of visual impairment. Brain and Behavior, 7(11), e00771. http://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.771 Since attending the UK Stroke Forum in November 2016, I’ve found myself asking why therapists, particularly occupational therapists, are involved in…

Stroke and Family Grief

April 2018: Coppock et al (2018) ‘It’s nothing you could ever prepare anyone for’: the experiences of young people and their families following parental stroke, Brain Injury, 32:4, 474-486, DOI: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1426879 I’ve recently experienced the loss of a close family member and in turn, I’m experiencing a natural, but heart-wrenching,…

PT, OT & the Upper Limb

March 2018: de Jong et al (2018) Content of conventional therapy for the severely affected arm during subacute rehabilitation after stroke: An analysis of physiotherapy and occupational therapy practice. Physiotherapy Research International, 23, e1683. https://doi.org/10.1002/pri.1683 I’m back on one of my very favourite topics, upper limb recovery…

Global Burden of Stroke

February 2018: Feigin et al (2016) Global burden of stroke and risk factors in 188 countries, during 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet Neurology, 15(9), 913–24 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S1474-4422(16)30073-4 I thought I should start off this year talking…

Mindfulness After Stroke

We’re in December again, the festive season of Christmas is fast approaching for some of us, and 2018 will arrive in less than four weeks! The Christmas “message” is about joy and peace. Perhaps this is the craziest thing I have ever done, but…

Cognitive Rehabilitation

November 2017 Gamito et al (2017) Cognitive training on stroke patients via virtual reality-based serious games, Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(4), 385-388, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.934925 I’m often asked: What interventions have proven efficacy to improve cognition outcomes after stroke? Or, put another way, if I need…

Stroke Clinical Guidelines

For this month’s journal club, I’ve chosen to feature the Australian Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Guidelines (2017) which were released in September. Clinical guidelines play a very important role in clinical practice and they are increasingly seen by the general public as what should and…

Caregivers and Stroke

September 2017: Krieger et al. (2017) Developing a complex intervention program for informal caregivers of stroke survivors: The Caregivers’ Guide. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(1), 146-156. DOI 10.1111/scs.12344 Yet again, I had the honour of presenting to therapists on stroke recovery; this time…

Changing Stroke book

It is my very great pleasure to let you know that my new book titled: Changing Stroke: Radical Rethink of Recovery, is now available! The book costs AUD$45 and, for Australian customers, this includes GST. Please note, there are additional costs for packaging and postage…

Nordic Walking After Stroke

August 2017:  Kang et al., (2016). Six-week Nordic Treadmill Training compared with Treadmill Training on balance, gait, and activities of daily living for stroke patients: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 25(4), 848-856. doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2015.11.037 This month’s Journal Club is a first!! It’s the very first time that someone…

Neuroplasticity After Stroke

July 2017: Livingston-Thomas et al. (2016) Exercise and environmental enrichment of task-specific neuroplasticity and stroke recovery. Neurotherapeutics, 13, 395-402. DOI 10.1007/s13311-016-0423-9 Earlier this week I was in Melbourne running a 2-Day Neuroplasticity workshop. My thanks to all those who attended – such an enervating…

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