By Jeremia Held, PT, Pd.D. and  Prof. Dr. med Andreas Luft, Division of Vascular Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, Department of Neurology, University Hospital and University of Zurich,  Switzerland

To tackle the challenges in national health systems and social economy, the European Stroke Action Plan was formulated and includes the domains primary prevention, organisation of stroke services, management of acute stroke, secondary prevention, rehabilitation, evaluation of stroke outcome/quality assessment and life after stroke. To enable quality measurement, transparency and consequently improvement/control in stroke rehabilitation, the ESO Neurorehabilitation Committee developed a Core Set of Outcome Measures for Clinical Motor Rehabilitation after stroke. Nine outcome measures are included in the Core Set, covering the main impairments in function, activities and participation at predefined timepoints. The core set of outcome measures is ready to be implemented in the clinical routine to enhance high quality standards in motor rehabilitation after stroke.

Core set of outcome measures for clinical motor rehabilitation after stroke