James Sall, PhD; Blessen C. Eapen, MD; Johanna Elizabeth Tran, MD; Amy O. Bowles, MD; Andrew Bursaw, DO; M. Eric Rodgers, PhD
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Corresponding Author: James Sall, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs, 811 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420.
Current Author Addresses: Drs. Sall, Tran, and Rodgers: Department of Veterans Affairs, 811 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420.
Dr. Eapen: VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90073.
Dr. Bowles: Brooke Army Medical Center, 3551 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: B.C. Eapen, J.E. Tran.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: B.C. Eapen, J.E. Tran, A.O. Bowles.
Drafting of the article: J. Sall, B.C. Eapen, J.E. Tran, A.O. Bowles.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: B.C. Eapen, J.E. Tran, A.O. Bowles.
Final approval of the article: J. Sall, B.C. Eapen, J.E. Tran, A.O. Bowles, M.E. Rodgers.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: J. Sall, B.C. Eapen.
Collection and assembly of data: J.E. Tran.
In June 2019, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) approved an update of the joint clinical practice guideline for rehabilitation after stroke. This synopsis summarizes the key recommendations from this guideline.
In February 2018, the VA/DoD Evidence-Based Practice Work Group convened a joint VA/DoD guideline development effort that included clinical stakeholders and stroke survivors and conformed to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) tenets for trustworthy clinical practice guidelines. The guideline panel identified key questions, systematically searched and evaluated the literature, and developed 2 algorithms and 42 key recommendations using the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) system. Stroke survivors and their family members were invited to share their perspectives to further inform guideline development.
The guideline recommendations provide evidence-based guidance for the rehabilitation care of patients after stroke. The recommendations are applicable to health care providers in both primary care and rehabilitation. Key features of the guideline are recommendations in 6 areas: timing and approach; motor therapy; dysphagia; cognitive, speech, and sensory therapy; mental health therapy; and other functions, such as returning to work and driving.
Sall J, Eapen BC, Tran JE, et al. The Management of Stroke Rehabilitation: A Synopsis of the 2019 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline. Ann Intern Med. 2019;:. [Epub ahead of print 19 November 2019]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M19-1695
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2019.
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