Log In
Wednesday 26th October 2016

Stroke victims 'abandoned'

15th November 2006

10082006_stroke1.jpgHospitals are failing to provide stroke survivors with vital information, according to a new study.

A total of 87,000 people in England and Wales suffer a first stroke each year, while a further 53,700 have a recurrent stroke. Around a third make a full recovery, a third are left disabled and a third will die.

Now the Stroke Association said many survivors are being abandoned after their discharge from hospital and are not getting the information that could help to prevent a further attack.

Almost half were not given dietary advice and a third not given exercise tips, despite evidence that moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of a stroke by up to 27%, while eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can cut the risk by 25%.

Patients were also missing out on rehabilitation services and benefits due to lack of information, while some patients were not given advice on medication, with around a quarter leaving hospital unsure of what their medicine is for.

The charity analysed data from a Healthcare Commission survey of 800 stroke survivors and carried out its own research involving telephone interviews and focus groups.

The government said care had been improving and was set to introduce a new strategy that would include hospital services and patient information.

Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: Stroke victims 'abandoned'
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 1083
Date Added: 15th Nov 2006


BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Suspected stroke patients should be scanned within hour

Payment by results to be abandoned

Alzheimer's drug study shows promise


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


Mayden - Innovative cloud-based web development for the healthcare sector
© Mayden Foundation 2016