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Title: Improving life after stroke needs global efforts to implement evidence-based physical activity pathways.
Austin Authors: van Wijck, Frederike;Bernhardt, Julie;Billinger, Sandra A;Bird, Marie-Louise;Eng, Janice;English, Coralie;Teixeira-Salmela, Luci Fuscaldi;MacKay-Lyons, Marilyn;Melifonwu, Rita;Sunnerhagen, Katharina S;Solomon, John M;Thilarajah, Shamala;Mead, Gillian
Affiliation: School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia
School of Health Sciences and Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
School of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS, Canada
Stroke Action Nigeria, Onitsha, Nigeria
Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Centre for Comprehensive Stroke Rehabilitation and Research, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India
Department of Physiotherapy, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Issue Date: 2019 2019
Publication information: International Journal of Stroke 2019; 14(5): 457-459
Abstract: There is an urgent need to improve life after stroke across the world-especially in low-income countries-through methods that are effective, equitable and sustainable. This paper highlights physical activity (PA) as a prime candidate for implementation. PA reduces modifiable risk factors for first and recurrent stroke and improves function and activity during rehabilitation and following discharge. Preliminary evidence also indicates PA is cost-effective. This compelling evidence urgently needs to be translated into seamless pathways to enable stroke survivors across the world to engage in a more active lifestyle. Although more quality research is needed-particularly on how to optimize uptake and maintenance of PA-this should not delay implementation of high-quality evidence already available. This paper shares examples of best practice service models from low-, middle-, and high-income countries around the world. The authors call for a concerted effort to implement high-quality PA services to improve life after stroke for all.
DOI: 10.1177/1747493019840930
ORCID: 0000-0003-0855-799X
Journal: International Journal of Stroke
PubMed URL: 30975042
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Stroke
physical activity
quality of life
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