Published: Monday 4 January 2016
Questionnaires are commonly used to diagnose dementia and cognitive impairment (memory and thinking problems) in stroke patients. A new review of the research into their use has been published in the journal, Stroke.
Co-funded by the Stroke Association, the review suggests that much more research is necessary to understand the best methods of testing for these problems as they relate to stroke.
Dr Terry Quinn, who led on the research said,
"In this study we looked at how to assess for memory and thinking problems that were present before a stroke event. We found that although many stroke survivors have cognitive issues that pre-date their stroke; this aspect is not frequently assessed – even in research studies with a focus on memory. We also found that the questionnaire most commonly used to assess pre-stroke thinking and memory has never been validated in a stroke population. We need more research looking at the best way to assess these issues. I will be doing just that, as part of a program of work supported by the Stroke Association."
The Stroke Association is supporting Dr Quinn's research through the Joint Stroke Association / CSO Senior Clinical Lecturer Award and Joint Stroke Association & Chief Scientist Office Priority Programme Award.
Dr Terry Quinn is Joint Stroke Association / CSO Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow. To find out more about his research visit his webpage.