GCU supports Cochrane network through ageing and stroke research

03 October 2016

GCU supports Cochrane network through ageing and stroke research

Professor Howe launches Global Conchrane Ageing

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researchers are working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote ageing and health through the launch of a Cochrane Global Ageing network.

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. The aims of the new network are to promote the quality, dissemination, accessibility, applicability, and impact of Cochrane Reviews to contribute towards better health and wellbeing of older people everywhere.  

By 2020, for the first time in history, there will be more people aged over 65 than under five years old.

Cochrane Global Ageing featured in a discussion at a WHO meeting in Geneva last week to celebrate the UN International Day of Older Persons (October 1).  It will also be highlighted during a special session at the Cochrane Colloquium in Seoul, the annual event bringing together Cochrane contributors from around the world to discuss challenges to evidence-based health care.

The network is headed up by GCU Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences Tracey Howe, Sue Marcus from the University of Oxford, Oxford, and Vivian Welch of the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Professor Howe said: “We are delighted to launch Cochrane Global Ageing and look forward to working closely with WHO on prioritising our activities as part of the Global Action Plan on Ageing and Health.

“We will be working in partnership with complementary initiatives both within and external to Cochrane to provide a new gateway to optimising the health and wellbeing of ageing populations everywhere.”

GCU researchers, led by Professor Marian Brady, Director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, are also significant contributors to the Cochrane Stroke Group, whose reviews have been proved to be highly influential to stroke care and have been incorporated into multiple clinical guidelines.

The top three most accessed Cochrane Reviews on stroke in 2015 came from GCU researchers, who have tackled important clinical questions about optimum interventions for physical rehabilitation, arm recovery and language recovery after stroke. The three most popular reviews were Interventions for improving upper limb function after stroke; Physical rehabilitation approaches for the recovery of function and mobility following stroke; and Speech and language therapy for aphasia following stroke.

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