Development of a best practice statement on the use of ankle-foot orthoses following stroke in Scotland

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    A National Health Service Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) scoping exercise in 2007 identified the use of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) following stroke as a clinical improvement priority, leading to the development of a best practice statement (BPS) on AFO use after stroke. This paper outlines the development process of the BPS which is available from NHS QIS. The authors were involved in the development of the BPS as part of a working group that included practitioners from the fields of orthotics, physiotherapy, stroke nursing and bioengineering, and staff of NHS QIS and a patient representative. In consultation with an NHS QIS health services researcher, the authors undertook a systematic literature review to evidence where possible the recommendations made in the BPS. Where evidence was unavailable, consensus was reached by the expert working group. As the BPS was designed for the non-specialist and non-orthotic practitioner the authors also developed educational resources which were included within the BPS to aid the understanding of the principles underpinning orthotic design and prescription. The BPS has been widely distributed throughout the health service in Scotland and is available electronically at no cost via the NHS QIS website. At part of an ongoing evaluation of the impact of the BPS on the quality of orthotic provision, NHS QIS has invited feedback regarding successes and challenges to implementation.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages245-253
    Number of pages8
    JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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    Foot Orthoses
    Scotland
    Practice Guidelines
    Ankle
    National Health Programs
    Quality Improvement
    Stroke
    Health Services
    Patient Advocacy
    Bioengineering
    Nursing Staff
    Prescriptions
    Referral and Consultation
    Research Personnel
    Exercise
    Costs and Cost Analysis

    Keywords

    • stroke
    • prosthetics
    • ankle-foot orthoses

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