Mood and cognition

Stroke is an acquired brain injury that has a broad impact on the individual and can effect physical, cognitive and emotional functioning. Whilst the physical effects of stroke are usually visible, the cognitive and emotional consequences are less easily seen.  These are often referred to as the “hidden effects of stroke” and can have a significant impact on recovery.

Accurate and timely identification of cognitive and emotional difficulties is essential to help patients and carers understand the experience of having a stroke.

The network has collaboratively developed guidance on mood and cognition screening and assessment for stroke patients in the Greater Manchester care pathway. This document includes information on assessment tools and other resources. We have also agreed specific guidance on the use of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) after September 2019.