Description of research
Despite major changes in the organisation and delivery of stroke services since 2001, there is limited understanding of the current day-to-day practice of nurses in stroke units. Nursing is an essential part of multidisciplinary rehabilitation but there is little evidence to confirm whether or how the nursing role requires development to further enhance the patient experience and outcomes associated with stroke unit care.
This project will carry out a review of current research literature to determine the current roles and practice of nurses working in stroke rehabilitation. The evidence gathered from this review will be compared with accounts from stroke service users, nurses and multidisciplinary team members. This will allow a more detailed picture of stroke rehabilitation nursing practice to be developed.
Once current nursing practice has been defined, examples of high-quality stroke rehabilitation nursing practice will be identified. The project will try to determine the factors which are likely to lead to and support the development of high-quality stroke rehabilitation nursing practice in other stroke units.