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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To develop recommendations for the establishment of comprehensive stroke centers capable of delivering the full spectrum of care to seriously ill patients with stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Recommendations were developed by members of the Brain Attack Coalition (BAC), which is a multidisciplinary group of members from major(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE NIH Stroke Scale certification is required for participation in modern stroke clinical trials and as part of good clinical care in stroke centers. The existing training and certification videotapes, however, are more than 10 years old and do not contain an adequate balance of patient findings. METHODS After producing a new NIHSS(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The formation and certification of Primary Stroke Centers has progressed rapidly since the Brain Attack Coalition's original recommendations in 2000. The purpose of this article is to revise and update our recommendations for Primary Stroke Centers to reflect the latest data and experience. METHODS We conducted a literature review(More)
We investigated whether allied health assessments carried out via videoconferencing were comparable to assessments carried out face to face. Five allied health therapists (in dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology) conducted an assessment of 12 high-dependency residents both face to face and by videoconferencing. On a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale certification is required for participation in modern stroke clinical trials and as part of good clinical care in stroke centers. A new training and demonstration DVD was produced to replace existing training and certification videotapes. Previously, this DVD, with 18 patients representing(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Many patients with an acute stroke live in areas without ready access to a Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Center. The formation of care facilities that meet the needs of these patients might improve their care and outcomes and guide them and emergency responders to such centers within a stroke system of care. METHODS The Brain(More)
We have investigated the role of videoconferencing in allied health service provision to high-care clients in rural residential facilities. Videoconferencing equipment was set up at a rural aged-care facility and a metropolitan allied health centre; ISDN transmission at 384 kbit/s was used to link the equipment. Twelve residents were assessed by both(More)
Two studies were conducted to test the feasibility of delivering care by videoconferencing to facilities providing care for elderly people. Both used equipment connected by ISDN lines at 384 kbit/s. During the first study, no consultations, care plans or assessments were conducted. During the second study, 120 assessments were conducted in just over two(More)
Benzodiazepine drugs continue to be prescribed relatively frequently for anxiety disorders, especially where other treatments have failed or when rapid alleviation of anxiety is imperative. The neuropsychological mechanism by which these drugs act to relieve symptoms, however, remains underspecified. Cognitive accounts of anxiety disorders emphasise(More)
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