Local research in dementia in stroke

Verity Longley from The University of Manchester has published research following interviews with clinicians from our region’s hospital and community stroke teams entitled: “What influences decisions about ongoing stroke rehabilitation for patients with pre-existing dementia or cognitive impairment: a qualitative study?”

The study is part of her PhD and looked at identifying factors influencing clinicians decision-making about ongoing stroke rehabilitation for people with pre-existing dementia/cognitive impairment and the impact on clinical practice.

The research found that clinicians’ decision-making about ongoing rehabilitation for patients with prestroke dementia/cognitive impairments is influenced by gaps in their knowledge and by service constraints. Increased training and more flexible, patient-centred services would enable clinicians to better accommodate these patients in rehabilitation.

You can read the research paper here.

We are now considering how we can close some of the gaps in training to increase knowledge and improve practice.

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