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

Bernhardt, Julie; Borschmann, Karen; Boyd, Lara; Carmichael, S. Thomas; Corbett, Dale; Cramer, Steven C.; Hoffmann, Tammy; Kwakkel, Gert; Savitz, Sean; Saposnik, Gustavo; Walker, Marion; Ward, Nick

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Authors

Julie Bernhardt

Karen Borschmann

Lara Boyd

S. Thomas Carmichael

Dale Corbett

Steven C. Cramer

Tammy Hoffmann

Gert Kwakkel

Sean Savitz

Gustavo Saposnik

Marion Walker

Nick Ward



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.

Citation

Bernhardt, J., Borschmann, K., Boyd, L., Carmichael, S. T., Corbett, D., Cramer, S. C., …Ward, N. (2017). Moving rehabilitation research forward: developing consensus statements for rehabilitation and recovery research. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 31(8), 694-658. https://doi.org/10.1177/1545968317724290

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 14, 2017
Publication Date Jul 31, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 1, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 1, 2017
Journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Print ISSN 1545-9683
Electronic ISSN 1552-6844
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 8
Pages 694-658
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1545968317724290
Keywords Consensus, neurobiology, recovery, rehabilitation, recommendations, stroke
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/874883
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1545968317724290
Additional Information This article was first published in International Journal of Stroke 2017, Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 454–458.
Contract Date Aug 1, 2017

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