Moving rehabilitation research forward: developing consensus statements for rehabilitation and recovery research

Bernhardt, Julie and Borschmann, Karen and Boyd, Lara and Carmichael, S. Thomas and Corbett, Dale and Cramer, Steven C. and Hoffmann, Tammy and Kwakkel, Gert and Savitz, Sean and Saposnik, Gustavo and Walker, Marion and Ward, Nick (2017) Moving rehabilitation research forward: developing consensus statements for rehabilitation and recovery research. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair . ISSN 1552-6844

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Abstract

Stroke recovery is the next frontier in stroke medicine. While growth in rehabilitation and recovery research is exponential, a number of barriers hamper our ability to rapidly progress the field. Standardized terminology is absent in both animal and human research, methods are poorly described, recovery biomarkers are not well defined, and we lack consistent timeframes or measures to examine outcomes. Agreed methods and conventions for developing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting interventions directed at improving recovery are lacking, and current approaches are often not underpinned by biology. We urgently need to better understand the biology of recovery and its time course in both animals and humans to translate evidence from basic science into clinical trials. A new international partnership of stroke recovery and rehabilitation experts has committed to advancing the research agenda. In May 2016, the first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable will be held, with the aim of achieving an agreed approach to the development, conduct and reporting of research. A range of methods will be used to achieve consensus in four priority areas: pre-clinical recovery research; biomarkers of recovery; intervention development, monitoring and reporting; and measurement in clinical trials. We hope to foster a global network of researchers committed to advancing this exciting field. Recovery from stroke is challenging for many survivors. They deserve effective treatments underpinned by our evolving understanding of brain recovery and human behaviour. Working together, we can develop game-changing interventions to improve recovery and quality of life in those living with stroke.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was first published in International Journal of Stroke 2017, Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 454–458.
Keywords: Consensus, neurobiology, recovery, rehabilitation, recommendations, stroke
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
Identification Number: 10.1177/1545968317724290
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 09:38
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 02:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44531

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