Doctors to get real-time updates of stroke guidance

Australia funds first 'living' stroke guidelines in the world

Australia’s stroke guidelines will become the first ‘living’ stroke guidance in the world, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Government.

With results for some 75 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in medicine being published daily, as well as exponential growth in research, clinicians face a near-impossible task in keeping up-to-date, says Associate Professor Julian Elliott, global lead of evidence systems for Cochrane, which has partnered with the Stroke Foundation for the pilot project.

“There’s really no organisation in the world that can keep high-quality evidence up-to-date. The current situation would be a joke if it weren’t so serious,” he told 6minutes.

The idea behind a ‘living guideline’ is that, as new evidence is published, it immediately becomes incorporated into a ‘living systematic review’.

Experts are then alerted to the new evidence and decide whether to