Dworzynski, K., Ritchie, G., Fenu,E., MacDermott, K., Playford, E.D. on behalf of the Guideline Development Group (2013) Rehabilitation after stroke: summary of NICE guidelines. BMJ, 3615, f3615. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f3615 (Published 12 June 2013)
Introduction: Each year, about 150 000 people in the UK have a first or recurrent stroke. Despite UK health policies that place a great emphasis on reducing stroke (such as the National Stroke Strategy) and improvements in mortality and morbidity, guidance is needed on access to and provision of effective rehabilitation services to maximise quality of life after stroke. This article summarises the most recent recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on long term rehabilitation after stroke.
NICE Guidelines: NICE has produced four different versions of the guideline: a full version; a quick reference guide; a version known as the “NICE guideline” that summarises the recommendations; and a version for patients and the public. All these versions are available from the NICE website (http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG162). Future updates of the guideline will be published according to the NICE guideline development programme.