Fiona Jones
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol. 15, Iss. 12, 03 Dec 2008, pp 540 - 541

A person having a stroke in the UK now has a good chance of receiving some care in an acute stroke unit, which is a vast improvement on 10 years ago. However, stroke survivors can rarely access any specialist rehabilitation beyond the first few months after stroke and many still believe they are ill-equipped to manage in the longer term (Department of Health, 2005). The last national stroke audit found that the number of specialist community stroke rehabilitation teams had actually declined over the last 5 years (Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke, 2004). It seems that the attention of the stroke world has chiefly focused on primary prevention and acute care, possibly to the detriment of developing better programmes to support
individuals living with the consequences of stroke.

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