26.10.2016 Report on Stroke Rehabilitation provides vital evidence for "We Need Our Heads Examined" campaign

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Findings of a national study of stroke rehabilitation units show severe deficits in specialist staffing, rehabilitation beds and community supports 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.

Key findings of the survey include:

-Age as a barrier to accessing services was a significant issue with half of sites having age restrictions for access to rehabilitation beds within the unit.

-Approximately 40%, less than half of the units surveyed had a stroke specialist responsible for the management of rehabilitation for stroke patients

-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 today 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 the Irish Heart Foundation.

Anecdotal reports of the critical dearth of rehabilitation services for people with neurological conditions are clearly supported by these research findings.

The NAI welcomes the launch of the report today as a clear evidence based example of the extent to which neuro-rehabilitation services are underdeveloped and underresourced.

The report is available in full HERE

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