Cognition in stroke rehabilitation and recovery research: Consensus-based core recommendations from the second Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable

Int J Stroke. 2019 Oct;14(8):774-782. doi: 10.1177/1747493019873600. Epub 2019 Sep 12.


Cognitive impairment is an important target for rehabilitation as it is common following stroke, is associated with reduced quality of life and interferes with motor and other types of recovery interventions. Cognitive function following stroke was identified as an important, but relatively neglected area during the first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR I), leading to a Cognition Working Group being convened as part of SRRR II. There is currently insufficient evidence to build consensus on specific approaches to cognitive rehabilitation. However, we present recommendations on the integration of cognitive assessments into stroke recovery studies generally and define priorities for ongoing and future research for stroke recovery and rehabilitation. A number of promising interventions are ready to be taken forward to trials to tackle the gap in evidence for cognitive rehabilitation. However, to accelerate progress requires that we coordinate efforts to tackle multiple gaps along the whole translational pathway.

Keywords: Cognitive function; consensus; practice guideline; recovery; rehabilitation; stroke.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cognition*
  • Cognitive Dysfunction / therapy*
  • Consensus
  • Expert Testimony
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection
  • Quality of Life
  • Recovery of Function
  • Rehabilitation Research
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*
  • Translational Medical Research