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Stroke Care Alliance continues to take shape

Experts discuss care models and research

The idea of founding a Stroke Care Alliance continues to take shape. Invited by the University of Health Sciences (hsg) and the Post-Reha-Netzwerk, an association towards improving post rehab care, 17 experts from healthcare fields came together at the hsg in Bochum at the beginning of October. The initiators of the Stroke Care Alliance are Prof.Dr. Kerstin Bilda, Head of the logopaedics courses at the hsg and Dr. Sascha Sommer, who coordinates the Post-Reha network.

The participants at this kick-off meeting discussed new care models, research requirements and rehabilitation for the future. There was a main focus on chronic speech disorders after brain damage, which took place after language has been acquired.

Professor Kerstin Bilda, head of the logopedics program, under discussion with neurologist and head of the working group of north-western Stroke Units,  Dr. Hans-Ulrich Sorgenfrei
Professor Kerstin Bilda, head of the logopedics program, under discussion with neurologist and head of the working group of north-western Stroke Units, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Sorgenfrei

“Cooperation between the different stakeholders is becoming more and more important, particularly for outpatient and non-residential care after a stroke. Evidence-based therapy research and the development of standards and guidelines are needed to shape rehabilitation”, said Prof.Bilda. The aim of the Stroke Care Alliance are to jointly initiate and implement research and development projects. The key topic is the quality of non-residential treatment and care to promote quality of life and participation in private and work environments.

Strokes are the second most frequent cause of death worldwide. In Germany there are an estimated 165,000 to 200,000 stroke cases each year. In future there will be even more cases due to demographic developments as the risk of suffering from a stroke increases with age, just as life expectancy for people in Germany is rising too.

“That is why the Stroke Care Alliance and stroke research are so important for the hsg, as they have taken up the cause of improving care for the general population. I hope we will be able to found the Stroke Care Alliance with our partners within the next five years”, Prof. Kerstin Bilda explains.

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