Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Stroke therapists launch free online guide to neuro rehab apps

This is something that a great stroke association should have done a decade ago and kept it updated but we have fucking failures of stroke associations instead.
http://www.csp.org.uk/news/2017/01/04/stroke-therapists-launch-free-online-guide-neuro-rehab-apps
Physiotherapists in North Devon have helped develop a free online resource to help carers, clinicians and therapists find suitable apps for neuro rehabilitation.
The mytherapy website was created by the stroke and brain injury team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
The team, including CSP members Emma Cork and Louise Holmes, has been using apps as part of their assessment and treatment for more than four years. The new website is a toolkit for stroke patients and clinicians of apps they have found to work well.
Ruth Siewruk, Mytherappy clinical lead and advanced practitioner occupational therapist, explained: ‘We searched long and hard for an existing resource of tried and tested apps to give us this information and couldn’t find one. So we decided to create one and share it freely with everyone so that other teams don’t have the same struggle.’
The website offers a database of apps that have been tested by a network of therapists and patients from across the UK.
Each app comes with a profile which includes information to help the patient, family member or clinician decide if it is suited to their needs. This includes cost, clinician rating, user rating, app description, feedback from users and what the app can help with.
Improving therapy effectiveness
Physiotherapist and neuro rehabilitation lead, Emma Cork, added: ‘We were getting a lot of interest in our work with apps from conferences and wanted to get more teams involved in reviewing the apps.
‘We now have six testing sites across the country, which are also stroke and brain injury teams, and more than 500 reviewers.’
She also believes the resource model has scope to be expanded into other rehab areas.
Ms Siewruk added that the integration of apps into all the team’s services across North Devon is improving therapy effectiveness.
‘The patients love using the apps and seem to participate more in their home exercise programme where apps are involved than if we use more traditional methods.’

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