Throughout March 2018, Cochrane UK are running a special series of blogs and other material on the theme of #LifeAfterStroke. On this page you will find all of the blogs and other materials as and when they are published.
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.
Stroke services and types of care: occupational therapy; early discharge services; inpatient (stroke unit) care
Acute phase: interventions within the first few hours after a stroke
Arm and hand recovery and function
Balance, gait and mobility
Podcast: Physical rehabilitation approaches for the recovery of function, balance and walking after stroke
Confidence and coming to terms with stroke
Exercise and fitness programmes
Speech problems (including aphasia and dysarthria) after stroke
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 A health condition (or episodes of a health condition) that comes on quickly and is short-lived. More stroke
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Get involved with research
If you’re a stroke survivor, carer, family member, partner or spouse, you can get involved with stroke research. You don’t need any knowledge of science, medicine or research, there is no minimum time commitment and how much involvement you have is completely up to you. Find out more here on the Stroke Association website.
All of the Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews. In systematic reviews we search for and summarize studies that answer a specific research question (e.g. is paracetamol effective and safe for treating back pain?). The studies are identified, assessed, and summarized by using a systematic and predefined approach. They inform recommendations for healthcare and research. More on stroke can be found in the Cochrane Library.
Find answers to various questions about stroke on Cochrane Clinical Answers.
The Database of Research in Stroke (DORIS) provides easy access to evidence-based stroke research.
Learn more about the Cochrane Stroke group here and the Cochrane Rehabilitation field here.