Psychological support for people with stroke

Psychological problems, such as depression, are common after stroke and can have negative effects on stroke survivors and their carers.

Although general psychological services exist (e.g. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services), there is a lack of psychological support available for stroke survivors. Some IAPT services provide psychological support for stroke survivors, but it can be rare. This may be because of the range of difficulties that stroke survivors might have, for example, problems with communication, which make it more challenging for IAPT services to provide effective support. 

Our research project aims to see if we can use services that already exist for general psychological support (IAPT services) and adapt them to be useful for stroke survivors. We will develop an Implementation Package (pathways and training) that healthcare staff can use to ensure that stroke survivors receive suitable psychological support.

Firstly, we will carry out interviews with stroke survivors to find out about their experiences of psychological care to see what currently happens and what they would hope to see in the future. We will also carry out interviews and surveys with stroke services to find out how they currently provide psychological care, how it could be improved and the content and format for any training required. We will talk to IAPT (and other psychological services) staff about the challenges they envisage in delivering psychological care to people who have had a stroke, how it could be delivered and the content and format for any training required.

The information will then be used to develop an Implementation Package, however before this we will collect information about current care.

For further information, please see the Improving Mental Health section.


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