Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland (Completed)

Authors: Samantha Smith , Paddy Gillespie , Anne Hickey , Karen Kearns

Research Areas: Health and Quality of Life

This project aims to examine rehabilitation services for stroke patients in the Irish health-care system, identifying patterns of use and assessing implications (economic, health outcomes) of existing and new models of care. Rehabilitation, which focuses on recovering lost function, reducing the risk of a recurrent event, and optimising quality of life can have an important impact on the overall clinical and economic burden of stroke not just for the stroke survivor but also for the family/caregiver, the health-care system and the economy. The project is led by researchers from the ESRI and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is funded by the Irish Heart Foundation. The project is ongoing and is due to report in 2013.

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