Medical research is essential to develop new treatments and therapies for stroke so that patients in the UK can get the best possible care. Clinical trials are conducted to test whether a new medical intervention is safe and effective and these trials often rely on the participation of volunteer stroke survivors.
Pain in the shoulder is a common problem after stroke. As well as causing distress through pain and lost sleep, it prevents rehabilitation of the arm and hand. This study will identify ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ to treat people with painful shoulders after stroke more effectively, and should lead to better outcomes for them.
The ReTrain study is investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have suffered a stroke. Published in the journal BMJ Open, the 'study protocol' for ReTrain outlines why the study was needed, and includes the methods to be used in the study, the resources required for the study and a timeline for completion.
Thrombolysis, where drugs are injected into the blood to break up a blood clot, is one of the main treatments used to treat people who are having a stroke caused by a clot. Currently a drug called alteplase is used in thrombolysis. But the researchers think that another drug, called tenecteplase, may be more effective than alteplase. This study will investigate if this is the case.
This research aims to develop a new method of teaching self-management skills after stroke.
There is evidence that during the coronavirus pandemic fewer people have been recorded to have transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or stroke. That’s why the Stroke Association is urging people to continue to act fast and call 999 if they experience signs of stroke.
How important is the relationship between therapist and stroke survivor in the rehabilitation of language ability?
This research will investigate the use of orthitics (for example, braces and splints) early on in a stroke survivor’s rehabilitation. The results will inform a larger study into early orthotic use after stroke.
Non-invasive brain stimulation to improve word-finding abilities in stroke survivors
What maintains stroke survivors’ continued use of self-managed computer therapy for aphasia?