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Call for Better Care for Stroke Patients

Magazine article Public Finance

Call for Better Care for Stroke Patients

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The care and rehabilitation of stroke patients outside hospital must be improved, the Healthcare Commission said this week.

It called for a renewed drive for better services after surveying 875 patients following their stroke. The condition causes 10% of deaths in England, but the ability of the 100,000 patients who survive each year to live independently is largely determined by their after-hospital care.

A year ago patients were interviewed immediately after discharge and 87% felt their care was very good or good. But a year on only 66% reported the same levels of satisfaction. More than half of those who needed home care did not get the support they wanted, while sizeable minorities said they did not receive enough help with mobility.

The Stroke Association said that out-of-hospital services needed to improve. …

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