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Improving life after stroke needs global efforts to implement evidence-based physical activity pathways


van Wijck, F and Bernhardt, J and Billinger, SA and Bird, ML and Eng, J and English, C and Teixeira-Salmela, LF and MacKay-Lyons, M and Melifonwu, R and Sunnerhagen, KS and Solomon, JM and Thilarajah, S and Mead, G, Improving life after stroke needs global efforts to implement evidence-based physical activity pathways, International Journal of Stroke, 14, (5) pp. 457-459. ISSN 1747-4930 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Copyright 2019 World Stroke Organization

DOI: doi:10.1177/1747493019840930


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:stroke, exercise, physical activity, quality of life
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central nervous system
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bird, ML (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
ID Code:134929
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-09-13
Last Modified:2021-01-05

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