By Karen Borschmann
Building evidence-based treatments for rehabilitation is now recognised as a major global priority and this requires a coordinated effort at national and international levels. Approximately 60 leading stroke experts met at the first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR) in Philadelphia, USA, in May this year.
The goal of SRRR is to work globally to achieve consensus on four key areas to help drive improvements in research and pathways for implementation of evidence into practice. Working groups are:
1) Biomarkers for recovery chaired by Lara Boyd (Canada) and Nick Ward (UK)
2) Measurement in trials chaired by Gert Kwakkel (Netherlands) and Julie Bernhardt (Australia).
3) Translating evidence into human trials chaired by Dale Corbett (Canada) and Tom Carmichael (UK)
4) Intervention standards chaired by Marion Walker (UK) and Tammy Hoffmann (Australia)
Julie Bernhardt chairs the organising committee, and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is the coordinating centre.
Each working group is currently developing a consensus paper of recommendations; the first publication from the group is available at http://wso.sagepub.com/content/11/4/454.
These recommendations will represent a significant advance in the field which will be pivotal for progressing stroke recovery and rehabilitation.