Stroke in rural areas and small communities
Joubert, J., Prentice, L., Moulin, T., Liaw, S-T., Joubert, L., Preux, P., et al. (2008). Stroke in rural areas and small communities. Stroke, 39(6), 1920-1928. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.501643
The management of stroke in rural and regional areas is variable in both the developed and developing world. Informed by best-practice guidelines and recommendations for systems of stroke care, adaptable models of care that are appropriate for local needs should be devised for rural and regional settings. This review addresses the issue of the provision of appropriate services in rural and regional settings, with particular attention to the barriers involved, according to the classification of Low Human Development Country (LHDC), Medium Human Development Country (MHDC) and High Human Development Country (HHDC). We discuss the need and feasibility of developing implementing stroke care in rural settings according to best-practice recommendations, within models of care adapted to local conditions.
peer-reviewed, stroke delivery