May 21, 2020

New release from the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations for Virtual Healthcare (Telestroke) Implementation Toolkit

An important update has been released for the Heart & Stroke Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR) for Telestroke. Now spanning the continuum of care from prevention through to rehabilitation, the toolkit includes tips and checklists for effective and efficient virtual healthcare systems for a range of goals.

A key consideration throughout the CSBPR is enabling access to high-quality evidence-based stroke care in all regions across the country. Virtual care programs – connecting with a health care provider by email, phone, or video call should be available as part of coordinated and integrated health systems across Canada, as most regions include remote or rural areas as well as urban areas. 

The global pandemic has led to widespread implementation of virtual healthcare for all individuals across all domains. This toolkit has been updated to support the rapid uptake of digital technology, ensuring effective and comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of individuals with new and ongoing health issues that do not require direct  in-person care or are not available due to a lack of local stroke-neurology expertise.

The updated toolkit includes tips and checklists for clinicians and patients at each phase of care:

  • Tips for effective consultations for clinicians
  • Tips for effective consultations for individuals participating in virtual healthcare session
  • Checklists for virtual acute stroke management
  • Checklists for virtual scheduled stroke prevention/ambulatory care/family medicine appointments
  • Checklists for virtual scheduled stroke rehabilitation services
  • Evaluation of virtual healthcare encounters – a list of performance measures for virtual stroke care

CSBPR Resources for Health Professionals:  https://www.strokebestpractices.ca/resources/professional-resources

CSBPR Virtual Healthcare Toolkit and checklists:  https://www.heartandstroke.ca/-/media/1-stroke-best-practices/csbpr7-virtualcaretools-13may2020.ashx?rev=c8154971a5b842298b50e8c128926884