Reconnecting with Primary Care over Stroke Prevention

Reconnecting with Primary Care over Stroke Prevention

On November 22, 2023- the Stroke Network held a local engagement and education session with physicians and other primary care providers in the Brockville area. The goal of this event was to share information about primary and secondary stroke prevention, and to host a discussion about challenges and opportunities that exist specific to Leeds and Grenville counties. Information was shared about approaches across the care continuum in supporting primary and secondary stroke prevention. The event showcased recent evidence-based prevention practices. Collaborative discussions with primary care providers focused first on challenges encountered in supporting patients to prevent stroke. Brainstorming then identified key opportunities to work together to address the challenges. Some key opportunities included the use of:

  1. models of care to maximize scope of practice such as nursing roles and community paramedicine,
  2. vascular health champions and integrated assessment tools within primary care,
  3. virtual linkages and digital health; maximizing access to current platforms such as Connecting Ontario;
  4. teach back methods of patient-centered education promoting heath literacy.

There were 39 attendees, and comments indicated that attendees found the event to be “very informative” and that they appreciated “the sharing about various programs in the area”. Participants expressed a desire to apply guidelines such as C-CHANGE in their practice.

This event was the first of a four-part regional series to learn about common prevention challenges and opportunities. This information will inform our Regional Stroke Workplan. The next such event is being planned for March 7th, 2024 in the Perth- Smiths Falls area. Information and registration is available here. A session will be planned for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington in June 2024, and in Hastings-Prince Edward county in the fall of 2024.

Learn more – Click here to view the slides from this event