The aim of this project group is to facilitate ways to optimise stroke rehabilitation outcomes including adherence to the New Zealand Stroke Management Guidelines 2010.
The Rehabilitation Working Group have made the following key recommendations:
1. All patients admitted to hospital with a stroke in New Zealand should have an assessment for rehabilitation.
2. Rehabilitation units should provide benchmark data on stroke rehabilitation. The working group recommends the use of the AROC database to achieve this.
3. Therapy contact time is critical for achieving better outcomes in stroke rehabilitation. We recommend that all stroke rehabilitation units should measure this. The goal should be for each patient in inpatient stroke rehabilitation to have at least one hour contact time per day with a therapist or therapy assistant, as per the guidelines.
View more resources for stroke rehabilitation here.
Stroke Rehabilitation Survey
In 2013 the Rehab Working Group conducted an organisational survey of service configuration, capacity and guideline adherence in stroke rehabilitation services throughout New Zealand. Results were published in the NZ Medical Journal http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2014/vol-127-no-1402