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Clinical Pathways in Stroke Rehabilitation

Evidence-based Clinical Practice Recommendations


  • Provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for stroke rehabilitation

  • Discusses clinical problems and evidence, comments on assessment, therapy and technical aids

  • Written by experienced experts with a background in clinical practice

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Neurobiology of Stroke Recovery

    • Eddie Kane, Nick S. Ward
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. Clinical Pathways in Stroke Rehabilitation: Background, Scope, and Methods

    • Thomas Platz, Mayowa Owolabi
    Pages 15-34Open Access
  4. Disorders of Consciousness

    • Caterina Pistarini, Giorgio Maggioni
    Pages 57-70Open Access
  5. Airway and Ventilation Management

    • Marcus Pohl, Mervyn Singer
    Pages 71-83Open Access
  6. Recovery of Swallowing

    • Nam-Jong Paik, Won-Seok Kim
    Pages 85-95Open Access
  7. Arm Rehabilitation

    • Thomas Platz, Linda Schmuck, Sybille Roschka, Jane Burridge
    Pages 97-121Open Access
  8. Mobility After Stroke: Relearning to Walk

    • Klaus Martin Stephan, Dominic Pérennou
    Pages 123-147Open Access
  9. Post-Stroke Spasticity

    • Gerard E. Francisco, Jörg Wissel, Thomas Platz, Sheng Li
    Pages 149-173Open Access
  10. Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders

    • Rebecca Palmer, Apoorva Pauranik
    Pages 175-190Open Access
  11. Treating Neurovisual Deficits and Spatial Neglect

    • Georg Kerkhoff, Gilles Rode, Stephanie Clarke
    Pages 191-217Open Access
  12. Cognition, Emotion and Fatigue Post-stroke

    • Caroline M. van Heugten, Barbara A. Wilson
    Pages 219-242Open Access
  13. Driving After Stroke

    • Hannes Devos, Carol A. Hawley, Amber M. Conn, Shawn C. Marshall, Abiodun E. Akinwuntan
    Pages 243-260Open Access
  14. Healthcare Settings for Rehabilitation After Stroke

    • Sabahat A. Wasti, Nirmal Surya, Klaus Martin Stephan, Mayowa Owolabi
    Pages 261-282Open Access

About this book

This open access book focuses on practical clinical problems that are frequently encountered in stroke rehabilitation. Consequences of diseases, e.g. impairments and activity limitations, are addressed in rehabilitation with the overall goal to reduce disability and promote participation. Based on the available best external evidence, clinical pathways are described for stroke rehabilitation bridging the gap between clinical evidence and clinical decision-making. The clinical pathways answer the questions which rehabilitation treatment options are beneficial to overcome specific impairment constellations and activity limitations and are well acceptable to stroke survivors, as well as when and in which settings to provide rehabilitation over the course of recovery post stroke.

Each chapter starts with a description of the clinical problem encountered. This is followed by a systematic, but concise review of the evidence (RCTs, systematic reviews and meta-analyses) that is relevant for clinical decision-making, and comments on assessment, therapy (training, technology, medication), and the use of technical aids as appropriate. Based on these summaries, clinical algorithms / pathways are provided and the main clinical-decision situations are portrayed.

The book is invaluable for all neurorehabilitation team members, clinicians, nurses, and therapists in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and related fields. It is a World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) educational initiative, bridging the gap between the rapidly expanding clinical research in stroke rehabilitation and clinical practice across societies and continents. It can be used for both clinical decision-making for individuals and as well as clinical background knowledge for stroke rehabilitation service development initiatives.


  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Consequences of Disorders
  • Meta-Analyses
  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Management
  • Open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Neurorehabilitation and Evidence-based Practice (“An-Institute”, University of Greifswald), BDH-Klinik Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany

    Thomas Platz

About the editor

Thomas Platz was educated at the medical school in Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany, and in 1988 at the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA, received his Dr. med. degree in 1990. He started his residency in neurology in Berlin, Germany, in 1989. In 1995, he received the Feodor-Lynen Fellowship (AvH foundation) to stay at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, UK. In 1997, he received a Dipl. in epidem. and biostats from the McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, and became board certified Neurologist and Clinical Geriatrist in Berlin, Germany. In 2002, he received his habilitation degree (Dr. med. habil.) in neurorehabilitation at the Charite Berlin, Germany. In 2006, he became the Head of Department for neurohabilitation at the BDH Klinik Greifswald, Germany. Since 2009, he had been acting as a Medical Director of that hospital and as Head of the Department of both its Neurorehabilitation Centre and Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and received a personal professorship for neurorehabilitation at the University Greifswald. Since 10.2018 he acts as Medical Director Research and Head, Institute for neurorehabilitation and evidence basis, BDH Klinik Greifswald, An-Institute of the University Greifswald; in addition, he leads the neurorehabilitation research group at the University Medical Centre Greifswald. He is president of the German society for neurorehabilitation (DGNR). For the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) he acts as head of the Education Committee and head of the Special Interest Group Clinical Pathways.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Clinical Pathways in Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Book Subtitle: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Recommendations

  • Editors: Thomas Platz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY-NC-ND

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-58504-4Published: 15 January 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-58507-5Published: 16 January 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-58505-1Published: 14 January 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 282

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Neurology, Physiotherapy, Neuropsychology, Nursing

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