Changing practice for people with stroke
Stroke is a major health issue in the UK, killing more than one in ten people. It is the third largest cause of severe disability. The NICE guideline on stroke was published in 2008 and was incorporated into a broader guideline published at the same time by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
The NICE guideline covers the acute stage of stroke and transient ischaemic attack - the crucial 48 hours after symptoms start when quick action can contribute to much better outcomes for patients.
The RCP guideline covers recovery and rehabilitation, secondary prevention, and long-term care, and has new sections on commissioning and resources. The guidelines were produced in close collaboration with each other, and both reference and relate to the Department of Health's 2007 National Stroke Strategy.
It is good news for patients, said Joe Korner, Director of Communications at the Stroke Association, adding: "These guidelines show exactly what treatment and care everyone should get if they have a stroke. Too often in the past, vital stroke guidelines such as these have been put on a shelf and ignored, causing unnecessary deaths, disability and loss of independence for many thousands of people. But stroke is now a top priority in the health service across the UK and the guidelines will underpin the step change in stroke services that we all want to see."
This page was last updated: 10 August 2009