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Stroke is the commonest cause of death after cancer and heart disease. Around 130,000 people suffer a stroke every year. A third will die; a third will make a full recovery; a third will suffer serious disability. No age group is immune – an average of six children under 16 suffers a stroke each week.
Experts from The University of Nottingham are leading the way in stroke rehabilitation research. The work addresses the often neglected needs of stroke survivors following hospital care, and the need for stroke specialist provision of rehabilitation at home.
Although most people survive, stroke is the single largest cause of disability in a community setting. Survivors frequently struggle with:
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An essential component of stroke aftercare is rehabilitation. This strives to support stroke survivors to overcome the problems associated with recovery. The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to:
Developing stroke rehabilitation strategies is complex. Rather than testing the effect of a drug, clinical trials are required to:
The team also evaluates how stroke teams and services operate in practice, with a view to maximizing their effectiveness.
We are developing innovative approaches for Occupational Therapists to use to support stroke survivors who have difficulty dressing.
Research has developed new ways to measure and evaluate problems associated with dressing, caused by cognitive, visual and movement impairments.
We need to run more clinical trials in the UK and in other countries.
42% of stroke survivors report that they are housebound or would like to get out of their house more.
We are currently running a UK-wide study to test the effectiveness of an outdoor mobility programme for stroke survivors.
There is a real need to improve access to rehabilitative support for stroke survivors who live in care homes, and in particular ensure they have stroke specialist care.
We are applying interventions for stroke survivors in care homes, and developing new ways to assess their needs and the impact of support.
Images courtesy of The Stroke Association and UK Stroke Forum.
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