Surprising results from new global health trial

Professor Peter Langhorne of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences was part of an international team that has published one of the largest stroke rehabilitation Colleagues posing with international contactstrials ever undertaken. The trial, run across 14 sites in India, has revealed that family-led rehabilitation was not effective. The research, published in the Lancet, revealed there was no reduction in disability for patients on the trial, compared to those who received no extra care. The results raise serious questions about the benefit of rehabilitation carried out by family members and highlights the need for urgent investment in professional stroke facilities in low and middle income countries. The international team was led by Professor Richard Lindley of The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney and included leading UK researchers Professor Marion Walker (Nottingham) and Professor Anne Forster (Leeds). Read more.

First published: 31 July 2017