Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify research questions perceived as important by clinicians who treat stroke survivors in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Methods: A cross-sectional, 3-round Delphi survey method was used. Participants invited to respond in Round I included stroke researchers (n=26); Rounds II and III included stroke clinicians (n=470) identified from NSW Health Stroke Services and/or NSW Rural Stroke Service databases. Participants in Round I were asked to identify stroke research questions of the highest priority; participants in Rounds II and III then rated these research questions on both importance and feasibility using a 5-point Likert scale. Results: Responses were received from 14 expert stroke researchers during Round I (54%), 38 stroke clinicians (8%) in Round II, and 56 stroke clinicians (12%) in Round III. Research topics rated as “very important” were interventions that target life-long rehabilitation, best methods for providing post-discharge rehabilitation, and delivery of physical rehabilitation.Conclusions: Clinicians who provide day-to-day stroke care perceive that the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions and delivery require investigation as a key priority.
Lannin N, Ada L, Lidney R, Longworth M, McCluskey A, Middleton S. Stroke Clinicians’ Priorities for Stroke Research. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2012 Oct 01;10(4), Article 9.