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U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF PANEL TO DEVELOP POST STROKE REHABILITATION GUIDELINES

 U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF PANEL
 TO DEVELOP POST STROKE REHABILITATION GUIDELINES
 WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Public Health Service today announced formation of a 17-member panel of private- sector medical experts to develop guidelines for rehabilitating patients who have suffered acute strokes.
 The guidelines, which are sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, are designed to assist health care providers improve the quality and effectiveness of after-stroke care. The medical experts -- and the guidelines they develop -- will identify the treatment methods or medical interventions that are most likely to benefit patients.
 HHS Assistant Secretary for Health James Mason, M.D., who is the head of the Public Health Service, said: "Strokes, which result from the formation of blood clots or from sudden hemorrhages in the brain, are a major cause of disability and death.
 "An estimated 500,000 Americans a year suffer strokes, and nearly 148,000 die from them. Many who survive strokes require long-term care."
 The economic cost and social impact of a stroke are also enormous. The financial loss to stroke survivors in the United States has been estimated to be between $7.5 billion and $11.2 billion per year, including the cost of care and loss of earnings.
 AHCPR Administrator J. Jarrett Clinton, M.D., said, "However impressive these figures are, they probably underestimate the personal impact of stroke. The loss of independence caused by stroke -- due to impaired ability to move, or loss of speech or vision -- represents the end of meaningful, useful life to many patients."
 Members of the guideline panel were selected on the basis of education, clinical experience and research related to stroke and vascular disease -- conditions affecting blood vessels and the circulatory system. The panel represents a broad spectrum of health care specialties, including medicine, nursing, psychology, speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as consumers.
 The panel is co-chaired by Glen E. Gresham, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, and director of Rehabilitation Medicine/medical director, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.; and Pamela W. Duncan, P.T., Ph.D., associate professor, Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, and senior fellow, Center for Aging and Human Development, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
 The panel members include:
 -- Harold P. Adams Jr., M.D., professor of Neurology and director, Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases, University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, Iowa (neurology).
 -- Alan M. Adelman, M.D., M.S., medical school associate professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore (family practice);
 -- David N. Alexander, M.D., director, Stroke Rehabilitation Service, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, Calif. (neurology).
 -- Duane S. Bishop, M.D., associate professor, Brown University, and director, Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I. (psychiatry).
 -- Leonard Diller, Ph.D., professor, Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York (psychology).
 -- Nancy E. Donaldson, R.N., DNSc., associate director of Nursing and director, Nursing Research & Education, University of California, Irvine (consumer).
 -- Carl V. Granger, M.D., professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and director, Center for Functional Assessment Research, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo (physiatry).
 -- Audry L. Holland, Ph.D., professor of Speech Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. (speech therapy).
 -- Margaret Kelly-Hayes, Ed.D., R.N., C.R.R.N., research coordinator and associate clinical professor of Neurological Nursing, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston (rehabilitation nursing).
 -- Larry R. Myers, M.D., Mansfield Professional Center, Mansfield, Texas (family practice).
 -- Fletcher H. McDowell, M.D., medical director and chief executive officer, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, associate dean and professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Cornell University Medical College, New York (neurology).
 -- Elliot J. Roth, M.D., director, Center for Stroke Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, associate professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern Medical School, Chicago (physiatry).
 -- Hilary C. Siebens, M.D. medical director, Rehabilitation Research, and assistant clinical professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Los Angeles (neurology).
 -- Gloria A. Tarwin, ACSW, LSW, director, Social Work Department, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago (social work).
 -- Catherine Anne Trombly, Sc.D., professor of Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston (occupational therapy).
 The AHCPR-supported guidelines on Post Stroke Rehabilitation are being developed under a contract to the Center for Health Economics Research of Waltham, Mass., a non-profit organization.
 The guidelines will be completed in 1993. Extensive review by other experts and a trial of the guidelines by clinicians will be conducted before it is published.
 Three guidelines -- on the prevention and treatment of post- operative pain, of bedsores and of urinary incontinence -- have been published by AHCPR, and a dozen are underway, not counting the new one on stroke.
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