PhD study: Understanding the impact of pre-existing dementia on access to stroke rehabilitation

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PhD study: Understanding the impact of pre-existing dementia on access to stroke rehabilitation

What’s the aim of the study?

This work aims to further our understanding of the specific needs of people with dementia following their admission to hospital with stroke.

Why is it important?

Stroke is the most common cause of complex adult disability in the UK and there is evidence to suggest that stroke is a risk factor for developing a dementia-type illness. Currently, there are no pharmacological management recommendations for vascular dementia-type illnesses and there is an absence of literature around service access and provision for those with a diagnosis. Although UK stroke services have greatly improved in recent years, the notable exceptions are around unmet psychological needs and longer-term rehabilitation.

Who is the PhD student?

Verity Longley is a qualified Occupational Therapist, with a background in psychology and stroke research. She is based in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

Who else is involved?

This PhD is being supervised by Prof. Audrey Bowen, Dr Sarah Peters and Dr Caroline Swarbrick and is based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester.

More information 

You can find out more by viewing two posters on the study presented by Verity at the UK Stroke Forum and the UK Dementia Congress, both held in November 2017.  For further information please contact Verity Longley.