The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care is a joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Network and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (Update 2010) presents high-quality, evidence-based stroke care recommendations in a standardized framework to support healthcare professionals in all disciplines. Implementation of these recommendations is expected to contribute to reducing practice variations and closing the gaps between evidence and practice.
The CSS Best Practices and Standards Working Group has overall responsibility for the development and update process. The 2010 update cycle was led by a subgroup of the working group and managed by the Director of Performance and Standards at the Canadian Stroke Network. The recommendations are developed with the support of an interprofessional group of experts in stroke care who have volunteered their time to serve on topic-specific task groups, the consensus panel, or as our external reviewers.
The Canadian Stroke Strategy gratefully acknowledges the task group leaders and members, the consensus panel, and the external reviewers, all of who volunteered their time and expertise to this project. We thank the Canadian Stroke Strategy Information and Evaluation Working Group for its work in updating and confirming the performance measures that accompany each recommendation. Finally, we thank Gail Williams for providing her professional expertise in editing this document.
Development of these Canadian stroke care guidelines was funded entirely by the Canadian Stroke Strategy, a joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Network and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. No funds for the development of these guidelines came from commercial interests, including pharmaceutical companies.
Citing this Document
Lindsay MP, Gubitz G, Bayley M, Hill MD, Davies-Schinkel C, Singh S, and Phillips S. Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (Update 2010). On behalf of the Canadian Stroke Strategy Best Practices and Standards Writing Group. 2010; Ottawa, Ontario Canada: Canadian Stroke Network.
About the Canadian Stroke Network
The Canadian Stroke Network includes more than 100 of Canada’s leading scientists and clinicians from 24 universities who work collaboratively on various aspects of stroke.
The Network, which is headquartered at the University of Ottawa, also includes partners from industry, the non-profit sector, provincial and federal governments. The Canadian Stroke Network, one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, is committed to reducing the physical, social and economic impact of stroke on the lives of individual Canadians and on society as a whole.
About the Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.