National Stroke Audit – the results and need for rehabilitation services
In January 2016 the Irish Heart Foundation partnered with the HSE National Stroke Programme to launch the second ever national audit of stroke services.
The audit revealed that the death rate from stroke in Ireland has been cut by more than a quarter and the rate of direct discharge to nursing homes has almost halved in the last seven years.
Many stroke deaths remain preventable, whilst stroke survivors continue to suffer undue disability.
Advocating for greater Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland
Commissioned by the Irish Heart Foundation and prepared by the Economic Social Research Institute and the Royal College Surgeons Ireland, this report advocated that the introduction of Early Supported Discharge for stroke patients in Ireland could improve outcomes and reduce overall costs.
The findings of the report provide the economic justification for the rapid development of Ireland’s community rehabilitation and care services for the benefit of people who have been deprived of vital services to boost their quality of life.
Download the executive summary here https://irishheart.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/execsummary.pdf
Become a stroke campaigner
Join the fight to improve stroke services (lobby link) https://irishheart.ie/your-health/learn-about-stroke/how-we-lobby-for-greater-stroke-services/