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Advocacy for stroke 

Advocacy for stroke
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Advocacy for stroke
Author(s):

Tissa Wijeratne

, Sheila Crewther

, and David Crewther

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198796039.003.0033
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date: 19 August 2019

Stroke advocacy, defined as acting on behalf of stroke victims and families to promote their welfare policies that include education, clinical service development, and translational clinical research, is the key in improving stroke care globally. Stroke is the second commonest cause of death for people over 60 worldwide and is a leading cause of adult disability. It is estimated that each year 16 million people worldwide suffer a stroke, with approximately 6 million dying and another 5 million being left permanently disabled. Recent research also suggests that nearly 90% of all such stroke cases are preventable and treatable if seen rapidly. This chapter discusses the step-by-step effective stroke advocacy in setting up a state-of-the-art stroke service in a less privileged public hospital in Australia followed by stroke advocacy case studies from Canada, Europe, Latin America, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka. Key tips in effective stroke advocacy and nine steps to achieve changes are also discussed.

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