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Evidence-based stroke rehabilitation: do priorities for practice change and feasibility of implementation vary across high income, upper and lower-middle income countries?

Gururaj, S, Bird, M-L ORCID: 0000-0001-9642-7196, Borschmann, K, Eng, JJ, Watkins, CL, Walker, MF and Solomon, JM 2021 , 'Evidence-based stroke rehabilitation: do priorities for practice change and feasibility of implementation vary across high income, upper and lower-middle income countries?' , Disability and Rehabilitation , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1910737.

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Abstract

Purpose: The context of implementation plays an important role in the delivery of optimal treatments in stroke recovery and rehabilitation. Considering that stroke systems of care vary widely across the globe, the goal of the present paper is to compare healthcare providers' priority of key areas in translating stroke research to clinical practice among High Income Countries, Upper Middle- and Lower Middle-Income Countries (HICs, UMICs, LMICs). We also aimed to compare perceptions regarding the key areas' feasibility of implementation, and formulate recommendations specific to each socioeconomic region.Methods: Data related to recommendations for knowledge translation in stroke, from a primary survey from the second Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable were segregated based on socioeconomic region. Frequency distribution was used to compare the key areas for practice change and examine the perceived feasibility of implementation of the same across HIC, UMIC and LMICs.Results: A total of 632 responses from healthcare providers across 28 countries were received. Interdisciplinary care and access to services were high priorities across the three groups. Transitions in Care and Intensity of Practice were high priority areas in HICs, whereas Clinical Practice Guidelines were a high priority in LMICs. Interventions specific to clinical discipline, screening and assessment were among the most feasible areas in HICs, whereas Intensity of practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines were perceived as most feasible to implement in LMICs.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gururaj, S and Bird, M-L and Borschmann, K and Eng, JJ and Watkins, CL and Walker, MF and Solomon, JM
Keywords: high-income countries, implementation, knowledge translation, lower-middle income countries, rehabilitation, stroke, upper-middle income countries
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8288
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1910737
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