Rehabilitation Task Force

The Stroke Rehabilitation Task Force will focus on the development, education and promotion of post-stroke resources for survivors, families and caregivers.

Priority Areas:

  • Ensure healthcare professionals who provide stroke rehabilitation services in Nebraska have access to Standardized Assessments (e.g. http://www.rehabmeasures.org) that can be used to: reliably quantify and document a patient’s baseline status, progress and outcome; determine need for additional therapies; support quality improvement (QI) by assessing organizational and provider performance and facilitate team communication.

 

  • Develop stroke rehabilitation levels of care that are consistent with the resources available in an organization. The intent of these levels is to develop a statewide system of stroke rehabilitation that increases the likelihood that persons with stroke and their caregivers achieve functional and societal participation goals.

 

  • Educate rural healthcare professionals who provide stroke rehabilitation services to use standardized assessments, evidence-based guidelines, quality improvement approaches and an interprofessional team approach when deciding the appropriate level of and site of care for persons with stroke.

 

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  • Greenhalgh J, Long AF, Flynn R, Tyson S. “It’s hard to tell”: the challenges of scoring patients on standardised outcome measures by multidisciplinary teams: a case study of neurorehabilitation. BMC Health Serv Res. 2008;8:217.