Stroke care in Australia: why is it still the poor cousin of health care?

Tammy C Hoffmann and Richard I Lindley
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11870
Published online: 18 March 2013

Stroke prevention and management have changed, but most patients are not benefiting from these changes

The National Stroke Foundation’s recent rehabilitation services audit report confirms that only a small proportion of Australians receive evidence-based care.1 The gap between best evidence-based and actual care in many areas of stroke is staggering.

  • Tammy C Hoffmann1,2
  • Richard I Lindley3,4

  • 1 Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • 2 School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW.


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