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Stroke is an injury to the brain caused by lack of blood supply either through clot or hemorrhage.

 Stroke requires the health care system to work quickly and diligently to provide the best care possible – getting patients to the right place, at the right time and for the right care. 

The professional landscape of stroke is changing quickly with emerging research both for acute management and for stroke rehabilitation and recovery. 

Stroke Services BC is here to provide leadership and support through this changing landscape as we all work together to improve stroke care in BC.

There are numerous professional development opportunities to enhance your knowledge of stroke care including several annual stroke conferences. These are excellent ways to learn about late-breaking research and stroke service delivery.

Hemispheres Training 
This multi-level, interactive, comprehensive, web based educational series develops stroke competency and is designed to train all levels. 

Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation 
This online graduate level credit certificate from the University of Alberta is an inter-disciplinary stroke rehabilitation program designed to address the learning needs of rehabilitation clinicians across the continuum of care.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Clinical Speciality
This program certifies physiotherapists who have focused their careers in a specific area of physiotherapy clinical practice, including neurosciences. 

Certificate in Advanced Neuroscience – Stroke Care
Supported by financial assistance from HealthForceOntario, Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education has partnered with the North & East GTA Ontario Stroke Region and Network (NEGTA OSR&N) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to develop an educational initiative to enhance capacity in interprofessional neuroscience and stroke care – the Interprofessional Certificate in Advanced Neuroscience-Stroke Care. Successful graduates will be prepared to assume advanced practice and leadership roles in interprofessional neuroscience-stroke care.


Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care
The most recently updated chapters are indicated with an asterisk. This site also includes a variety of quality and performance documents, professional resources, and patient and family resources.

Stroke Engine
Tools for assessing patients with three components: Stroke Engine Family (for patients and families), Stroke Engine Intervention (review of 40+ stroke rehab interventions), and Stroke Engine Assess 

Evidence Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation
The EBRSR provides in-depth reviews of well over 2000 studies in the area of stroke rehabilitation

The AlphaFIM is an assessment that can be done in acute care to support decision making around discharge disposition, and to guide triage decisions around stroke rehabilitation.

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has a number of stroke-related resources for patients, families, and health professionals. Stroke Services BC is proud to partner with this organization, and many others, to improve stroke care across the province.  Visit for more information.

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