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Evidence based position paper on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) professional practice for persons with stroke. The European PRM position (UEMS PRM Section).

Journal article
Authors Ayşe A Küçükdeveci
Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen
Volodymyr Golyk
Alain Delarque
Galina Ivanova
Mauro Zampolini
Carlotte Kiekens
Enrique Varela Donoso
Nicolas Christodoulou
Published in European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine
Volume 54
Issue 6
Pages 957-70
ISSN 1973-9095
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Pages 957-70
Language en
Subject categories Neurology, Other Clinical Medicine


Stroke is a major cause of disability worldwide, with an expected rise of global burden in the next twenty years throughout Europe. This EBPP represents the official position of the European Union through the UEMS Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Section and designates the professional role of PRM physicians for people with stroke.The aim of this study is to improve PRM physicians' professional practice for persons with stroke in order to promote their functioning and enhance quality of life.A systematic review of the literature including a ten-year period and a consensus procedure by means of a Delphi process was been performed involving the delegates of all European countries represented in the UEMS PRM Section.The systematic literature review is reported together with seventy-eight recommendations resulting from the Delphi procedure.The professional role of PRM physicians for persons with stroke, is to improve specialized rehabilitation services worldwide in different settings and to organise and manage the comprehensive rehabilitation programme for stroke survivors considering all impairments, comorbidities and complications, activity limitations and participation restrictions as well as personal and environmental factors.

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