About Stroke Engine

We have built this site with the goal of bridging the gap in knowledge translation between research findings and current clinical practice. This site can be used to find the most current information about the value of the various interventions used in stroke rehabilitation as well as psychometric and pragmatic properties of assessment tools used in stroke rehabilitation.

You will notice that topics of interventions and assessments are listed either by domains or alphabetically . These are actual practices and assessments that were found in textbooks, journal articles and based on interviews with more than 1800 clinicians working in stroke rehabilitation.

Stroke Engine’s content is derived from multiple sources including the Evidence-Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation (EBRSR) headed by Dr. Teasell in London, Ontario and extensive reviews of databases including MEDLINE, CINAHL, the Cochrane Library, HealthSTAR, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, CANCERLIT, PsycINFO. The goal is to provide you with best practice information, that is practice that is based on scientific evidence of its effectiveness. A dedicated team of senior researchers, graduate fellows and research assistants with expertise in specific areas also contribute to creating and evaluating the quality of each topic. You can find out more about these people by clicking on the Stroke Engine Team.

After extensive review, each intervention is given a level of evidence, rating its effectiveness for different outcomes. For more information about these ratings, see “Rating Evidence“.

In “Links“, you will find hyperlinks to the websites of other groups who have begun this type of information gathering on stroke practices. There are also links to online databases, which can be used to discover a wealth of information on various interventions.

Our goal is to provide you with an easy, accessible site. Should you have any suggestions or comments on how this site could better meet your needs, please contact us.

On behalf of the Stroke Engine team,

Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT(c)
Stroke Engine Project Leader (2005-2013)
Annie Rochette, PhD OT (c)
Actual Stroke Engine Project Leader