Life After Stroke: a round up of Cochrane evidence

Throughout March 2018, Cochrane UK ran a special series of blogs and other material on the theme of #LifeAfterStroke. On this page, you can find all of the blogs and other materials.

Life after stroke: a special series from Cochrane UK

Research is better together: a stroke survivor and a researcher tell us why

Stroke rehabilitation trials: let’s measure what matters

“I miss me…” Life after stroke.

Cognitive rehabilitation after stroke – an urgent plea for good research

Confidence after stroke: dating with dysarthria

Physical rehabilitation after stroke

The surreal side of life after stroke

Occupational therapy: enabling living, not existing, after stroke

Living and dying well after stroke

In 2011, stroke survivors, carers and health professionals were involved in choosing the top questions they felt were most important for future stroke research. You can read more about that here. We’ve used these questions, and others, to help frame the content on this page. You can either scroll through this page, or click on the topics below to jump straight to the relevant content.

Acute phase: interventions within the first few hours after a stroke

Arm and hand recovery and function

Balance, gait and mobility

Cognitive rehabilitation

Confidence and coming to terms with the consequences of stroke

Exercise and fitness programmes

Falls prevention after stroke


Music therapy

Speech problems (including aphasia and dysarthria) after stroke

Stroke prevention and prevention of further strokes and health problems

Stroke services and types of care: occupational therapy; early discharge services; inpatient (stroke unit) care

Virtual reality

Visual problems

How you can get involved with research

Additional resources

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Acute phase: interventions within the first few hours after a stroke

Podcast: Clot-dissolving drugs for treating ischaemic stroke in the early stages

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Arm and hand recovery and function

Podcast: Interventions for improving upper limb function after stroke

Blog: Stroke rehabilitation: maximizing arm and hand function after stroke

Blog: Static splinting after stroke: are therapists overlooking the evidence?

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Balance, gait and mobility

Podcast: Physical rehabilitation approaches for the recovery of function, balance and walking after stroke

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Cognitive rehabilitation

Cognitive rehabilitation for memory deficits after stroke

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Confidence and coming to terms with stroke

Interventions for treating anxiety after stroke

Self management programmes for quality of life in people with stroke

Blog: Still being sexual in chronic illness

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Exercise and fitness programmes

Treadmill training after stroke 

Circuit class therapy after stroke 

Yoga for stroke rehabilitation 

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Podcast: Interventions for post-stroke fatigue

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Music therapy

Podcast: Music interventions for acquired brain injury

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Speech problems (including aphasia and dysarthria) after stroke

Blog: Sorry, what did you say? Living with dysarthria (unclear speech) after stroke

Speech and language therapy for aphasia following stroke

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for improving aphasia in patients after stroke

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Stroke prevention and prevention of further strokes and health problems

Diabetes drugs for preventing stroke and other blood vessel disease in people who have had a previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack

Antithrombotic treatment after stroke (i.e. prevention of clots after stroke due to bleeding in the brain)

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Stroke services and types of care: early discharge services; inpatient (stroke unit) care; occupational therapy

Podcast: Services for reducing duration of hospital care in people with acute stroke

Occupational therapy for adults with problems in activities of daily living after stroke 

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Virtual reality

Virtual reality for stroke rehabilitation

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Visual problems

Interventions for disorders of eye movement in patients with stroke

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Get involved with research

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Additional resources

Life After Stroke: a round up of Cochrane evidence by Selena Ryan-Vig

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