lili WEI, wenru SHANG, yaxing NAN, yuming LIU, jingyu YANG, kehu YANG

An Evidence Map of Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendations on Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Abstract The purpose of this study was to provide an evidence map for explaining research trends and gaps. Four databases and CPGs-related websites were searched up to March 2022. Basic information, methodological quality, reporting quality of CPGs, and similar stroke recommendations were extracted. The methodological and reporting quality of stroke CPGs were evaluated using the AGREE II instrument and the RIGHT checklist. The bubble plot format of the evidence map helped visualize the overall quality. Data management and analysis were performed using Excel 2013 and SPSS 22.0 software. A total of 12 CPGs, published between 1997 and 2020 were included for in-depth analysis. The identified CPGs had a mixed quality and scored poorly in the developmental rigor and applicability domains by AGREE II. According to the RIGHT checklist, field four (clarity of expression) showed the highest (79.2%), and field three (rigor of formulation) secured the lowest (28%) reporting rates. The stroke rehabilitation recommendations primarily focused on organizational management, timing and intensity, rehabilitation and nutritional management of dysphagia, return to work, communication, speech, and language function. This would promote improvement in developing trustworthy CPGs for stroke rehabilitation.

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