A guiding principle of the development process is the importance of collaboration with other professional groups that produce stroke-related guidelines in Canada. The goal is three-fold: to increase cross-sector participation on guideline development initiatives in Canada, to ensure consistent recommendations are available in Canada, and to reduce duplication of effort.
Where Canadian guidelines for specific components of stroke care already exist (for example, diabetes management, hypertension, and primary prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation), the recommendations in those documents are not repeated here. Rather, readers are referred to those original documents for the specific recommendation, while the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care addresses related structural and process issues for those components.
Current guideline collaborations include Hypertension Canada (Canadian Hypertension Education Program), the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Stroke Consortium, the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada, Paramedics Association of Canada, National Stroke Nursing Council, Accreditation Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.