New website will support treatment, interventions and rehabilitation for stroke patients

29 November 2011

New website will support treatment, interventions and rehabilitation for stroke patients

The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP) at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will today launch the world’s first one-stop research website to help health professionals improve rehabilitation, interventions and treatment for stroke patients.

The Database of Research in Stroke (DORIS) will be unveiled during the sixth UK Stroke Forum Conference, which is being held in Glasgow from 29 November to 1 December 2011.

The free, easy-to-use website provides health professionals with the latest clinically relevant evidence from across the world at the touch of a button, meaning it will now take just a few seconds to home in on specific areas of concern to a patient, and gain access to the most up-to-date information and treatment options from across the world.

As well as including the UK and Scottish guidelines for the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients, DORIS (www.askdoris.org) is the first online resource to categorise each individual recommendation in the guidelines according to a specific problem after stroke and intervention/treatment. This allows health professionals to see and compare information from different sources at the same time without having to search multiple sites and resources.

DORIS is the brainchild of Dr Alex Pollock, Research Fellow at the NMAHP Research Unit at GCU. She said: “While there are lots of sources of information on best treatments, national guidelines and ongoing research, these have previously been disparate. This has made it a difficult and time-consuming process to get hold of all the relevant information. It struck me that having it all in one place would be a great improvement for busy health professionals.

“For example, the international Cochrane Collaboration’s Stroke Editorial Group in Edinburgh has a database of every stroke trial in the world but much of that information was not in the public domain. I have been working with them to make that information freely accessible to all.”

DORIS also makes it easier for health professionals to cross reference different impairments caused by stroke, such as communication problems and depression, to see the latest advances in medical research and care for both conditions affecting one patient.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s National Advisory Committee for Stroke, DORIS also identifies priority areas for future research and is constantly updated.

The research team has also worked with the James Lind Alliance to find out the research priorities of stroke survivors, carers and health professionals from across Scotland.

After gathering information from stroke groups in every mainland NHS Scotland area, researchers and stroke survivors, carers and health professionals agreed their shared top 10 research priorities.

Dr Pollock said: “The study clearly identifies the areas for future research which are most important to the people affected by stroke and will hopefully encourage researchers and funders to focus on research that matters, making sure that limited research funding and time is used most effectively and ethically.

“I believe that DORIS is the most comprehensive resource of its type in the world.”

For further information, please contact:

Roisin Eadie, Press Officer, on 0141 331 8614 /07824 537 598



Notes

NMAHP RU is funded by the Scottish Government Health Directorate’s Chief Scientist Office. It has academic bases within Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Stirling. The overall aim of the unit is to improve the care and treatment of patients through scientific study of direct patient care.

Glasgow Caledonian University is an international university delivering excellence, with a strong commitment to the common good.  With 17,000 students at its main Glasgow campus and outreach campuses in London, China, Bangladesh and Oman, the university offers a modern environment for learning, teaching and applied research.

The university has particular applied research strengths in the fields of health and the environment and is rated among the top 10 in the UK for its allied health research and in the top 20 in research in the built and natural environment.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s mission is to provide a high quality, accessible, inclusive and flexible learning and teaching environment enhanced by curiosity driven research. It applies its knowledge and skills for the social and economic benefit of the communities it serves in Scotland and around the world.

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