Links and Resources

Key Resources

Web Links


  • Warlow, C et al (2008), Stroke: Practical Management 3rd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell Science
  • Hankey, G J (2007), Stroke: Your Questions Answered 2nd Edition, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Williams, J, Perry L, Watkins, C eds (2010), Acute Stroke Nursing, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Edmans, J (2010), Occupational Therapy and Stroke 2nd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
  • Grieve, J (2008), Neuropsychology for Occupational Therapists: Cognition in Occupational Performance 3rd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
  • Mead G, Van Wijck F (2013), Exercise & Fitness After Stroke – A Handbook for Evidenced Based Practice, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone


Full text articles for some of these journals can be assessed online via the OVID databases. You will require an Athens username and password available to NHS Scotland Staff

  • Advances in Clinical Neurosciences and Rehabilitation
  • Archives of Neurology
  • International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
  • Neurology Today
  • Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association
  • Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Other Resources

Research and Best Evidence

  • Cochrane Stroke Group
    • Tel: 0131 537 2273
    • part of the Cochrane Collaboration that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare by preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews and the effects of healthcare interventions
  • Scottish Stroke Research Network
    • working with professional, industry, academic and funding bodies to enhance and increase stroke research
  • DORIS: Database of Research Into Stroke
    • DORIS aims to bring together representatives from all relevant Scottish groups to design and manage a shared web-based information database, aimed at meeting the shared information needs of these groups
  • Evidenced Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation
    • the goal of EBRSR is to produce an up-to-date, easily accessible evidence-based review of stroke rehabilitation literature.
  • PEDro – Physiotherapy Evidence Database
    • PEDro is a free database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy
  • Stroke Engine
    • an evidenced based site for individuals who have experienced stroke, their families and health professionals who work in the field of stroke rehabilitation
  • NMAHP-RU Nursing, Midwifery & AHP Research Unit
    • the Nursing, Midwife and AHP Research Unit is a multidisciplinary national research unit funded by the Chief Scientists Office. They produce high quality research which aims to inform and improve patient care

Best Practice Guidelines

Government Publications

Standards and Audit

  • NHS Health Improvement Scotland
    • Tel: 0131 623 4300 / 0141 225 6999
    • role is to translate the latest scientific research, expert opinion and patient experience into practical improvements that can be implemented in the health service
    • Stroke Service Standards: Care of the Patient in the Acute Setting – update June 2009
  • Scottish Stroke Care Audit
    • Tel: 0131 537 3127
    • to evaluate stroke care delivered by NHS boards against national standards and to drive improvements

Stroke Related Networks

Patient, Carer and Family (Stroke Specific)

  • Stroke4Carers
    • an e-learning resource containing a set of topics which provide on-line advice, support and information for informal carers.
  • Stroke Information
    • Stroke e-library for stroke survivors, their carers and families, and interested members of the public
  • Healthtalkonline
    • a wide variety of personal experiences of stroke. You can watch, listen to or read their interviews, find reliable information on treatment choices and where to find support
  • Aphasia Help
    • a resource for people who have aphasia

Useful Organisations

  • B.A.S.I.C. The British Brain and Spinal Injury Charity
    • Tel: 0870 750 0000
    • for people and their families in crisis following a traumatic brain injury or neurological diagnosis
  • Brain and Spine Foundation
    • Tel: 0808 808 1000
    • aims to develop research, education and information programmes aimed at improving the prevention, treatment and care of people affected by disorders of the brain and spine and to stimulate the greater allocation of resources across all neurological disorders
  • Bridges
    • Tel: 020 8725 2445
    • aims to find better ways of supporting people in the longer term following stroke
  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
    • Tel: 0131 225 6963
    • improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by stroke illness
    • wide range of information, stroke study resources online or factsheet available
    • Advice Line 0845 077 6000 provides advice to health professionals on all aspects of stroke illness
    • Stroke innovation, career development and travel awards, small and large research grants
  • Connect
    • Tel: 020 7367 0840
    • to promote effective services, new opportunities and a better quality of life for people living with aphasia
  • Different Strokes
    • Tel: 0845 130 7172
    • run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors, for active self help and mutual support
  • Speakability
    • Tel: 020 7261 9572
    • supports and empowers people with aphasia to overcome the barriers they face
  • Stroke Association
    • Tel: 0303 303 3100
    • working for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need
  • Thistle Foundation
    • Tel: 0131 661 3366
    • supporting people with disabilities and health conditions to lead full lives