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May 29, 2012

The second piece I was actually asked to do in our stroke series – this one looks at rehabilitation research but I was also interested in how such research actually gets implemented.

Wellcome Trust Blog

Acute emergency treatment for the loss of oxygen to parts of the brain as a result of a stroke can be standardised – our brains respond in a certain way, and the same treatments will have similar effects in most patients. But the nature of stroke is that, depending on precisely where it happens and how severe it is, essentially the same kind of event in the brain can lead to very different problems afterwards.

Photo of a walking rehabilitation clinicHelping someone to recover their ability to function in the world after a stroke has to be personalised because every stroke patient is left with a different set of abilities. It is not surprising, therefore, that those who do research into new techniques and practices for rehabilitation emphasise the importance of individual patients, as Michael Regnier has been finding out.

Marion Walker puts patients at the heart of everything she does. Having trained as an…

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