Stroke Team / Interdisciplinary

A coordinated multidisciplinary team has made a significant contribution to improvements in the quality of care within stroke services over the last years.

There is unequivocal evidence of improved outcomes when patients are treated in a Stroke Centre by multidisciplinary teams. When compared with conventional care, organised inpatient stroke care resulted in long-term reductions in death, dependency and the need for institutional care. There is also good evidence that interdisciplinary teams facilitate earlier discharge to the home, increase the likelihood that patients will regain independence in activities that support daily living, and result in fewer patients requiring long-term institutional care.

The below specialised disciplines help to achieve best clinical outcome for the patient:

Neurology

Neurology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of conditions and disease involving the central and peripheral nervous systems (and their subdivisions, the autonomic and somatic nervous systems), including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle.  Neurological practice relies heavily on the field of neuroscience, the scientific study of the nervous system.

A neurologist specialised in neurology is trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Our neurologists are also involved in clinical research, clinical trials, and basic or translational research. While neurology is a nonsurgical speciality, its corresponding surgical specialty is neurosurgery. Neurosurgeons are central to the diagnosis and management of many stroke patients, in particular those with hemorrhagic strokes. Additionally, our team includes endovascular specialists who diagnose and treat vascular conditions through the blood vessels, usually accessed through the groin and radiotherapists that use radiation to treat tumors or vascular malformations in the head and spine.

Significant overlap occurs between the fields of neurology and psychiatry in the treatment of functional disorders that may mimic or accompany stroke disorders. Several other disciplines, such as psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, and complementary medicine complete our services. In the field of stroke prevention our staff cardiologists who review all inpatients with stroke ensure play an instrumental role in assessing patients with heart conditions, such as atrial fibrillation or heart failure.