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ANI  | Tuesday March 6, 2018
Social, emotional support more helpful to stroke patients than rehab
According to a recent study, providing stroke patients with social and emotional support is more helpful than sending them to a rehab. The CMAJ-study suggested that when caring for stroke patients, health care providers should focus on the social and emotional issues facing patients, rather than only physical rehabilitation. "Rather than focusing only on physical rehabilitation, a realistic approach to managing care should consider the emotional needs of patients and their caregivers," said researcher Scott Murray. "Balancing the need for hope of recovery with the potential of severe disability or death is important in this approach", Murray continued. Stroke is the second leading cause of death, accounting for 11 percent of deaths worldwide. Survival is especially poor for people who have had a severe total anterior circulation stroke with loss of motor control, language and other conditions. The study of 219 patients in central Scotland with severe stroke - total anterior circulation stroke - looked at the experiences, concerns and priorities of patients, families and healthcare professionals in the 12 months after stroke...Read more