Five stroke survivors with swallowing difficulties were interviewed, including family members who have a role in looking after them. They were asked about their experience in hospital, as well as their opinions on and feelings about their swallowing difficulties after stroke.
After a stroke, some people have difficulty swallowing. Food and drink can go down the wrong way into the lungs instead of the stomach. This can cause a serious chest infection. The intended outcome of this project is to find new knowledge to help guide future policy on the reduction of chest infection risk after stroke.
People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.
Following a stroke, many treatments are recommended by health professionals, such as medications to prevent another stroke or physiotherapy to help limb weakness. Stroke survivors often have other chronic illnesses and report finding it difficult to follow treatments recommended by their doctors, nurses and therapists.