IJS rehabilitation edition OUT NOW

At IJS we are often asked the question, 'why don't you have a rehabilitation section in your journal?' and we always answer that as stroke rehabilitation is such an essential part of stroke as a whole that it cannot be regulated to one simple section. With that in mind we have acquiessed to some extent and put together for our readers immediate accessibility a special themed rehabilitation edition. This is really to emphasise stroke rehabilitation in the field and not to make rehab a separate section.

When we approached the wonderful Associate Professor Julie Bernhardt and Professor Steve Cramer they were both brimming with ideas of how to pull together an edition that would bring together the most important aspects of stroke rehabilitation. They have of course done a splendid job. 

We have focused an entire edition of the International Journal of Stroke with guest editors Associate Professor Julie Bernhardt and Professor Steven Cramer on rehabilitation for a very good reason. For those of us who manage stroke patients on a regular basis, there are a number of obvious issues, which often arise. The first is that the acute stroke process is often only the beginning of what becomes a lifelong disability, the consequences which are entirely born by the individual and their families; second, while we are accumulating significant amounts of evidence-based knowledge about stroke prevention and acute therapy, there is still a paucity of evidence-based knowledge about recovery and rehabilitation.
Assembling this volume, Professors Bernhardt and Cramer have drawn together strands of information from the basic sciences, right through to the global World Health Organization perspective about rehabilitation generally. The burden of stroke during the rehabilitation phase and beyond in terms of life-years is enormous. The prolonged phase of disability for the patient and limited evidence pool to guide practitioners and families remain a sleeping giant of stroke medicine. We hope that this edition may fuel the great awakening.
Professor Geoffrey A. Donnan

IJS rehabilitation edition OUT NOW Reviewed by Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Rating: 5

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