A survey of more than 2,700 stroke survivors and their carers in the UK by the Stroke Association has found that many patients and their families / carers experienced emotional suffering. The emotional impact of a stroke is often overlooked and given a lower priority than physical rehabilitation. More than half of the stroke survivors surveyed reported having been depressed and two-thirds reported anxiety.
Strokes affect 152,000 people in the UK every year.
Stroke ’emotional impact often overlooked’. London: BBC Health News, May 1st 2013.
This relates to:
Feeling overwhelmed: the emotional impact of stroke. Life After Stroke Campaign report. London: Stroke Association, May 1st 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].