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 unit 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.