A new study published in the journal, Clinical Rehabilitation, suggests that a screening tool may help detect post-stroke anxiety in older people. The research was led by Professor Ian Kneebone (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), and was funded by the Stroke Association.
In the proposed study it will be investigated if the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) is suitable for use in stroke survivors aged 65 years and older, who are undergoing inpatient rehabilitation.
A research project to find out if a ‘polypill’ can help reduce the chance that people who have had a stroke will have a heart attack or another stroke.
This project will develop a special therapy area within ‘Second Life’, an existing virtual reality world on the internet. It will be protected so that only other people with aphasia and specially trained support workers can take part.
About one-third of stroke survivors are left with aphasia. This is a language disorder that disrupts the production and comprehension of speech, as well as reading and writing. This study will investigate whether a support group intervention can be delivered remotely to people with aphasia through a virtual island platform called Eva Park.
Junior Research Training Fellowship: Christine Hazelton
This study will explore whether an existing therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), can be used for people with aphasia. Information will also be collected to design a future large-scale trial evaluating this approach.
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.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) are currently welcoming applications from people who would like to join the groups that develop Quality Standards.
Research in the American Academy of Neurology Journal suggests that strokes are becoming more common at a younger age, with about one in five victims now below the age of 55. Despite this, there is an overall decline in the incidence of stroke.