Organized stroke care (also known as ‘stroke units’) is characterized by an interdisciplinary group of health professionals working cohesively and closely, to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation program for each patient. Although these programs may vary in terms of the types of therapies offered as well as their intensity and duration, they should, in order to be deemed a stroke unit, have routine, multi-disciplined input from therapists with experience in stroke rehabilitation.
Moreover, stroke units and teams are attuned to prevention, recognition, and treatment of co-morbidities and medical complications, early goal-directed treatment, systematic assessment of patients, and modification of treatment to maximize benefits. Most programs focus on education and psycho-social issues of both the patient and family/caregiver.
Author*: Adam Kagan, B.Sc.