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“There’s not enough support for stroke survivors to cope or adjust after stroke,” says Stroke Association research psychologist, Dr Emma Patchwood.  “It’s a story we hear again and again, and it’s not good enough. I hope, someday, that the techniques I’m developing will be available to all stroke survivors. We need new treatments to improve stroke survivors’ emotional and mental well-being.  “The Stroke Association have published an enlightening report, titled 'Shaping stroke research to rebuild lives: The Stroke Priority Setting Partnership results for investment.' I wasn't surprised to find that the number-one priority among the 1,400 stroke survivors, carers and professionals is research that can improve care for the psychological impacts of stroke. “My research focusses on how we can improve care for stroke survivors and their loved ones so that they can adapt to, and cope with, the impact of stroke and rebuild their lives." You may be able to get involved in Dr. Patchwood's project, Wellbeing After Stroke (WAterS), if you: 
  • Had a stroke at least four months ago.
  • Are having difficulties adjusting to life after stroke.
If you take part online, you will: 
  • Speak to a researcher about you and your stroke, and complete questionnaires about your health and well-being every three months until March 2022.
  • Have some tests of your thinking and speaking to help us understand any difficulties you may have. 
You can help people affected by stroke by taking part in research, and you may find it helpful to share your experience, take part in a new activity and meet new people. Contact them by email or call 0161 275 3401 to find out more about taking part in the WAterS study. You can find out more about our charity’s funding for research on our website. Dr Emma Patchwood is part of the Stroke Association’s "Save research. Rebuild lives." campaign.