New Research Demonstrates Need

7 Nov 2016

The findings of a national study of stroke rehabilitation units show why services like Headway are just so necessary for survivors of stroke in Ireland. 

The National Stroke Audit of Rehabilitation Units 2016, a collaboration between the National Stroke Programme and the Irish Heart Foundation, questioned twenty six units nationwide in relation to the resources available within the unit and the gaps in services they identify for the stroke survivors attending their service. Their findings revealed some alarming statistics:

  • Only 15% of units could provide the recommended target of 45 minutes of therapy in the key disciplines per day.
  • Lack of psychology services was a particular issue highlighted accross units, with psychology services accessible in less than a third of sites
  • Units highlighted the lack of psychology services, community rehabilitation teams and community based health and social care professionals as particular challenges to providing care

The launch of the report, available here represents an important body of evidence for the "We Need Our Heads Examined Campaign" co-ordinated by the NAI and supported by 15 organisations, including Headway.

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