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1   Link   Clinical Information Access Program - CIAP


The Clinical Information Access Program (CIAP) provides information and resources to support evidence-based practice at the point of care. This resource is available to all nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health, community health, ancillary and library staff working in the NSW public health system, including students on rotation. CIAP can be accessed from work or from home.

The goal of CIAP is to improve access to decision support, support evidence-based health care, reduce adverse events, improve clinical knowledge, and improve communications between clinician groups.
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2   Link   National Stroke Foundation
The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the public, government, health professionals, patients, carers and stroke survivors to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community.

Our challenge is to save 110,000 Australians from death and disability due to stroke over 10 years.

We will achieve this by:

* Educating the public about the risk factors and signs of stroke and promoting healthy lifestyles.
* Working with all stakeholders to develop and implement policy on the prevention and management of stroke.
* Encouraging the development of comprehensive and coordinated services for all stroke survivors and their families.
* Encouraging and facilitating stroke research.
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3   Link   Australasian Stroke Trials Network
The ASTN first commenced in 1996 and includes 35 centers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. The ASTN has an Executive Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Stroke Society of Australasia. The ASTN is currently co-chaired by Prof. Christopher Bladin (Melbourne) and Dr. Denis Crimmins
(East Gosford).

The chief aim of the network is to ensure a coordinated strategy for involvement of the Australasian Pacific region in International Stroke Trials and to facilitate optimal communication and collaboration between centers in our region.

The ASTN was initially set up to conduct both acute stroke treatment and secondary prevention trials in Australia, following approaches from various pharmaceutical companies, with a view that this will enhance the coordination of our centers both in Australasia and in International trials.
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4   Link   UK Guidelines for Stroke
The Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke has been involved in producing National Clinical Guidelines since 2000 and conducted four rounds of National Audit between 1998 and 2004. The second edition of the National Guidelines 2004 is available from publications via the website or can be downloaded as a series of PDF files. Further information can be obtained from alex.hoffman@rcplondon.ac.uk.
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5   Link   Stroke Society of Australasia
he Stroke Society of Australasia, formed in 1989, is a multidisciplinary professional organisation of clinicians, health professionals and scientists committed to the prevention and management of stroke, and associated research, training and education.

The aims of the Society are:


1. To further the study of all aspects of stroke

2. To improve standards of management of stroke in Australia

3. To foster investigation and research in all aspects of stroke

4. To disseminate and promote the exchange of information about stroke within Australia, and with similar bodies overseas

5. To solicit and enlist financial support from any course to fund and promote scientific work within the field of stroke

6. To make grants and donations of financial aid to whomsoever the Committee deems appropriate to further the purposes of the Society in the fields of stroke

7. Without limitation of the foregoing, to use such means to achieve its purposes in the field of stroke as may seem advisable to the Committee.
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6   Link   Scottish Intercollegiate
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) was formed in 1993. Our objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence.
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7   Link   European Union Stroke Initiative
The main aim of ESO is the improvement and optimisation of stroke management by continuing education. Medical professionals can easily obtain information on the latest developments in this treatment area by visiting the ESO Virtual Stroke University.

The ESO Virtual Stroke University seeks to:

* Present important lectures from major international meetings
* Create a forum for an international audience of experts
* Create a forum for an international audience of experts
* Present the best training and educational support for stroke physicians and health providers

The ESO virtual symposia feature audio recordings synchronised with full screen slides. Visitors can therefore follow the slides exactly as they were presented at the meeting, while watching and listening to the speaker.

The lectures were recorded at different international stroke conferences, sponsored by ESO.

Currently, the Virtual Stroke University provides lectures on the following topics:

* Clinical trials/research
* Epidemiology
* Etiology of stroke
* Imaging and diagnosis
* Clinical manifestations of stroke
* Risk factors and prevention
* Acute stroke management
* Thrombolysis
* Neuroprotection
* Rehabilitation
* Invasive interventions and stroke
* Complications of stroke and vascular dementia
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8   Link   Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke
SITS is an academic-driven, non-profit, international collaboration. It is a initiative by the medical profession to certify excellence in acute stroke treatment.

The expression SITS is an abbreviation forSafe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke

It started as an initiative by participants in the European-Australian randomised stroke thrombolysis studies(ECASS) and then spread to many centres in several countries.

SITS initiated an internet-based interactive thrombolysis register, to serve as an instrument for clinical centres to follow their own treatment results and compare with other centres in their countries and in the collaborating countries.

The SITS register is now the technical basis for the International Stroke Thrombolysis Register (SITS-ISTR) and SITS Monitoring Study (SITS-MOST).

Follow the links below to find out more interesting facts about what the SITS International collaboration has to offer you.
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9   Link   New Zealand Stroke Foundation
The Stroke Foundation NZ Inc through its network of committed health professionals has taken a lead role in the maintenance and implementation of Life After Stroke, New Zealand Guidelines for Management of Stroke. Models for evidence based stroke service design and an algorithm for management of stroke are key components of the guidelines. A Comprehensive Model for Stroke Services (CMoSS), developed by the Foundation, is a model for review and planning for stroke prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation services. The Stroke Foundation NZ Inc has a network of over 40 community based field officers and 70 stroke clubs throughout New Zealand. This network provides information, support and social rehabilitaiton to help people with a stroke, their families and caregivers to regain optimal quality of life.
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10   Link   American Heart Association - Get with the Guidelines
Since 1949, the American Heart Association has grown rapidly in size, financial resources, involvement with medical and non-medical volunteers, and influence - both nationally and internationally. The AHA moved the National Center from New York City to Dallas in 1975 to better serve affiliates and local divisions nationwide. The volunteer-led affiliates and their divisions form a national network of local AHA organizations involved in providing research, education, and community programs and in raising money to support the association's work. The network continues to gain strength as it expands at the grass-roots level.
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11   Link   Brain Attack Coalition
The Brain Attack Coalition is a group of professional, voluntary and governmental entities dedicated to reducing the occurrence, disabilities and death associated with stroke. The goal of the Coalition is to strengthen and promote the relationships among its member organizations in order to help stroke patients or those who are at risk for a stroke.
Go To Stroke Symptoms

Professional resources include Guidelines and Orders for systems development for acute stroke care (including stroke team or stroke center development), and Pathways for the rapid diagnosis and treatment (both immediate and long-term) of acute stroke.

Patient Resources includes links to sites that provide helpful information to stroke patients, their families and caregivers.
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12   Link   Pubmed
PubMed, available via the NCBI Entrez retrieval system, was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Entrez is the text-based search and retrieval system used at NCBI for services including PubMed, Nucleotide and Protein Sequences, Protein Structures, Complete Genomes, Taxonomy, OMIM, and many others. PubMed provides access to citations from biomedical literature. LinkOut provides access to full-text articles at journal Web sites and other related Web resources. PubMed also provides access and links to the other Entrez molecular biology resources.

Publishers participating in PubMed electronically submit their citations to NCBI prior to or at the time of publication. If the publisher has a web site that offers full-text of its journals, PubMed provides links to that site as well as biological resources, consumer health information, research tools, and more. There may be a charge to access the text or information.
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