About this Research Topic
Stroke burden and its socio-economic impact in developing countries (low and middle income) and disadvantaged groups has been increasing in the last decade. While high-income countries have improved care access, technology, and research in the stroke field, especially in metropolitan areas, developing countries lack the same level of resources. Stroke networks in developing countries and in rural areas of developed countries are scarce, therefore support and standardization should be mandatory to overcome current difficulties and to achieve a good standard of stroke care.
The goal of this Research Topic is to explore current research intended to improve stroke care, access, networking in terms of acute management, secondary and primary prevention, and neuro-rehabilitation in disadvantaged groups. Disadvantaged groups encompass those experiencing inequality because of living in low and middle-income countries, inequalities related to remoteness (rural versus metropolitan), ethnicity (African American, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, etc.), and socio-economic isolation.
Recently, the first Ministerial Stroke meeting at Gramado Brasil released the Gramado Declaration, which is an action plan for the region of Latin America with specific recommendations focused on the regional and country-specific activities associated with stroke prevention and treatment, including public stroke awareness, prevention strategies, delivery and organization of care, clinical practice gaps and unmet needs. Therefore, this Research Topic intends to analyze local and regional characteristics and limitations for stroke care in developing countries and disadvantaged societies, and the resulting socioeconomic impact in healthcare.
We welcome Original Research, Systematic Review, and Policy Views. Potential topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
• Stroke networks in acute stroke care in developing countries and disadvantaged groups because of remoteness, ethnicity, gender, or social isolation.
• Pathway of national or regional health policies to improve primary or secondary prevention for stroke care in disadvantaged groups.
• Disparities in stroke care access due to race or type of healthcare system.
• Current educational and awareness campaigns in developing countries for stroke detection and prevention.
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