Stroke is a devastating disease affecting many people as well as being an area of substantial health and care spend. It represents around 5% of total NHS costs and is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. Recent years have seen huge improvements in the clinical management of people with stroke with early assessment, use of thrombolysis and better organisation of services into acute stroke units. Over the last twenty years, stroke mortality rates have halved.
Yet providing the right care over many years to those living with stroke and their families remains a challenge. Roads to Recovery brings together recent NIHR evidence relevant to those planning and delivering stroke services, those delivering treatments to people with stroke and to those living with stroke.
This themed review looks at the configuration of stroke services, identifying stroke and acute management, recovery and rehabilitation, and life after stroke.
- 44 published studies
- 29 ongoing studies
- Questions to ask about your stroke services
- Quotes from commissioners, clinicians and service users
Produced by the University of Southampton on behalf of NIHR through the NIHR Dissemination Centre