Stroke Rehabilitation in Ontario: An Opportunity for Health Care Transformation

Matthew J Meyer, John P Meyer, Norine Foley, Katherine Salter, J Andrew McClure, Robert Teasell
2011 Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences  
In this article, Ontario's stroke rehabilitation system is used to exemplify the challenges faced by rehabilitation and healthcare systems across Canada who are attempting to provide quality care to patients in the face of increasing demands. Currently, Ontario's rehabilitation system struggles in its efforts to provide accessible and comprehensive care to patients recovering from stroke. We begin our exploration by identifying both the primary stakeholders and the underlying factors that have
more » ... factors that have contributed to the current challenges. The framework put forward in the Canadian Medical Association's recommendations for transformation is then used to suggest a vision for a more patient-focused system incorporating three key principles: a broader perspective, a patient-first approach, and greater unity. The use of health information technology, proper incentives, and greater accountability are discussed as mechanisms to improve the quality and efficiency of care.
doi:10.1017/s0317167100012373 fatcat:rbsutv4aejecvkyzzwg2jizmrm