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Teaching programme

WFNR Certificate Teaching Course - Clinical Pathways in Stroke Rehabilitation

Neuro-disabilities and hence years lived with disabilities are on the rise in our societies globally, not only in high income countries (HIC) with their ageing populations, but also in low and middle income countries (LMIC), e.g. secondary to changes in communicable disease mortality and lifestyles. Neurorehabilitation can effectively reduce disability, improve independence with activities of daily living, and prevent the necessity of people affected to become institutionalised.

Such clinical benefits are achieved by dedicated and specifically trained inter-professional teams of healthcare professionals working in specialist units of care. Accordingly, such teams need both structures (e.g. NR units) and appropriate training to fulfil their tasks.

From a global perspective, there is a disparity of healthcare structures and healthcare professionals with specific training in neurorehabilitation across regions. Furthermore, educational opportunities vary considerably across countries and regions, local education institutions are frequently not in the position to provide such specialist NR training to the extent needed. Consequently, there is a role for national and international agencies and societies to fill the gap and support educational initiatives.

WFNR held a Certificate Teaching Course (TC) on Clinical Pathways in Stroke Rehabilitation in the first half of 2021, open to healthcare professionals from all disciplines involved in neurorehabilitation and coming from a world-wide background.

Teaching and its Goals

The teaching goals were both (1) gaining active knowledge in clinical decision making for stroke rehabilitation based on evidence-based practice recommendations and (2) knowing how to apply such knowledge in clinical practice (based on regional circumstances).

All attendees received the corresponding WFNR book as e-copy (free of charge).

Attendees were asked to read the book chapter that presented the contents of each lecture in advance. High-quality lectures were given by international experts in the field, most coming from the WFNR’s Special Interest Groups.

Attendees were encouraged and were given the chance to address their questions that might have focused on either knowledge aspects and/or questions about how to apply the knowledge in (their) clinical practice.

Faculty, attendees and course schedule

The inter-professional course faculty included experts for major topics in stroke rehabilitation who were members of the group of thirty-four book chapter authors, supported by other WFNR experts serving as regional liaison-persons and session chairs.

The course started on Friday 05.02.2021 with weekly lectures running until 21.05.2021. Each lecture was given twice on the same day (at 10 am CET and 4 pm CET) to accommodate for the different needs resulting from individuals’ time zones. To obtain the certificate attendees had to attend ≥ 80% of the lectures and pass the online exam at the end.

Overall, two hundred and forty-nine had registered of whom 223 attended the course regularly, and 195 qualified for the WFNR certificate. Attendees came from all continents, various professional backgrounds, e.g. medical doctors and therapeutic professions, with a broad distribution in age and past experience in neurorehabilitation. Regular feedback asked for and given by attendees was very positive with regard to lecture contents, expertise of the faculty, and personal educational benefit further indicating that the course fulfilled an important educational role.

Continuous Medical Education (CME)

The course was certified by the chamber of physicians in charge for the host institution, i.e. the University Medical Centre Greifswald (Germany), and CME credits were given accordingly (for each lecture). The attendees’ individual certificate state both the lectures attended and the overall CME credit points that apply individually.

Conclusions

The WFNR certificate TC held by an international faculty with weekly scheduled interactive web seminars was well attended and perceived by a broad global audience of healthcare professionals with background in NR. Overall, the TC was a great success promoting specialist knowledge for clinical decision making in stroke rehabilitation.

Many thanks to all members of the faculty for providing such an excellent educational opportunity, to all attendees for pursuing the course so persistently and diligently, and  congratulations for their very remarkable course achievements!

Further notes

Don’t hesitate to download your own free copy of the WFNR book on Clinical Pathways in Stroke Rehabilitation at:  https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030585044.

Everybody with an interest to be notified about a future teaching course (not scheduled yet) can register to obtain further information in due course at: 
https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/WFNR_TC_pre-registration

For the Education Committee of the WFNR

Thomas Platz
World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR)
Education Committee and SIG Clinical Pathways
Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Platz
c/o Institute for Neurorehabilitation and Evidence-Based Practice, BDH-Klinik Greifswald
Karl-Liebknecht-Ring 26A
D-17491 Greifswald, Germany

Email: thomas.platz@uni-greifswald.de