Stroke Rehabilitation – qualitative study

Brown, Fiona (2010) Stroke Rehabilitation – qualitative study. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Depression is common complication of stroke, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. It can hinder the process of rehabilitation and has been associated with poorer outcomes and increased length of stay in hospital.


To is to carry out a systematic review to explore depression after a stroke and how it impacts upon rehabilitation.

Search strategy

Five databases were searched, CINAHL, Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews, BNI, Intute: Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health and PsycInfo. The reference lists of all obtained articles were also hand searched. Critical appraisal and data extraction was performed using predetermined tools. A number of themes arose from the literature: prevalence of depression, self-esteem, staff training, screening measures for depression and support and education for stroke survivors.


Twenty one pieces of literature are included in the review. The types of papers ranged from randomised control trials to expert opinions.


There is a need to facilitate the inclusion of those with aphasia in stroke research. The findings of the review highlight the importance of supporting patients through their stroke journey as this helps to build confidence with improves depression which enables better recovery; however there is little empirical evidence to support this.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 09:51
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 17:46

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