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Stroke survivors' emotional needs are neglected, charity claims

1 May 2013 - 4:04pm

Greater attention must be placed on the emotional impact of having a stroke, especially once patients leave hospital, according to the Stroke Association.

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Download the Stroke Association report below

The charity's Feeling Overwhelmed report is based on a survey of 2,700 who had experienced a stroke.

Findings show that most people who survive a stroke feel depressed (59 per cent) and experience anxiety (67 per cent).

Meanwhile, four respondents in 10 (42 per cent) said they felt abandoned after leaving hospital and eight in ten (79 per cent) had received no information or advice to help them cope with the emotional impact.

Emotional support needs addressing

The Stroke Association wants emotional support to be made as important as physical rehabilitation and for this to be addressed early.

It also wants to see the emotional needs of carers better recognised and appropriate support and information made available to anyone affected by stroke.

CSP deputy chief executive Sue Browning said the CSP fully supported the recommendations for improved support and information for people who had a stroke.

‘Physiotherapists, as part of the multi-professional team, have an important role to play in promoting the physical and psychological wellbeing of their patients both in hospital and at home,’ she said.

Physiotherapy contribution

Fiona Jones, president of the Association of Physiotherapists in Neurology, said: ‘Physiotherapy may make an important contribution to a person’s physical recovery but we can also have a strong influence in supporting confidence, and helping adjustment to life after stroke.

'Perhaps this report reminds all of us to focus on what’s really meaningful and important to patients during the relatively short period of rehabilitation they receive compared with the rest of their life.’

The report marks the start of Action on Stroke Month. See the link below for more details.

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