Professor Langhorne delivers stroke rehabilitation keynote at EFRR

25 May 2017

Professor Langhorne and Professor van Wijck

Professor Langhorne and Professor van Wijck

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is this week hosting the prestigious European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation, bringing together rehabilitation researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share cutting-edge research and best practice.

The European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation is a major multidisciplinary rehabilitation research forum in Europe. Originally formed in 1983, it has members from all over Europe.

Professor Peter Langhorne, Professor of Stroke Care from the University of Glasgow, delivered the prestigious SRR Philip Nichols lecture entitled ‘Evidence-based rehabilitation: are there any lessons from stroke research?’

His main research interests focus on the management of stroke (such as stroke unit care and early supported discharge services) and early recovery after stroke. This has led to the use of clinical trial and systematic review methodologies.

Professor Langhorne examined the challenges in rehabilitation research: the plethora of outcome measures; variable intervention targets and a complexity of interventions. He said that despite a large number of systematic reviews in stroke, they “highlight the research agenda”. He said, for example, that research into robot-assisted therapy for upper limb recovery would not be put into practice in the NHS unless there was the necessary data, detail, evidence and cost-effectiveness that comes through large multicentre trials and systematic reviews.  

Professor Langhorne highlighted GCU’s work as part of the two-year £84,000 major Cochrane Overview of research evidence, the first relating to stroke care, funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), led by Dr Alex Pollock.

The aim of the project was to help people easily access information about effective interventions, and to help them compare the effects of different interventions by bringing together all systematic reviews of interventions provided to improve upper limb (arm) function after stroke.

He said this was “extremely influential in moving forward the agenda”.

Being held in Glasgow from May 24 to 27, the 14th Congress of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation 2017 is supported by the Society for Research in Rehabilitation and the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The theme is ‘Working in Partnership Across Boundaries’, which reflects the Forum’s endeavour to improve the lives of people with disabilities through the advancement of research and education in all biopsychosocial aspects of rehabilitation.  

GCU’s Frederike van Wijck, Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation, is Vice-President of the Council for the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation. She said: “Hosting the EFRR at GCU is a wonderful opportunity for the rehabilitation research community across Europe and beyond to come together in our brand-new conference facility to share the latest scientific insights and discuss how, by working in partnership, we can improve rehabilitation research, practice and education for the benefit of service users and their families.”