GCU researchers develop stroke self-management network

29 October 2014

GCU has expertise in stroke research

GCU has expertise in stroke research

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are developing a new network to promote stroke self-management and, specifically, to bridge the gap between stroke self-management research and practice.

Self-management interventions for stroke survivors can have a positive impact on quality of life. Healthcare practitioners are well placed to lead the way in promoting, encouraging and supporting stroke survivors’ engagement in self-management. However, there is limited guidance available on the design, feasibility and acceptability, and delivery and implementation, of stroke self-management interventions in practice.

The Scottish Government’s National Advisory Committee on Stroke has funded GCU, along with partners in the University of Southampton, Kingston/St.George’s University in London, to establish an international, interdisciplinary network of stroke researchers, practitioners, policy makers, patients, carers and family members.

The online Stroke Self-Management Network, to be up and running early in 2015, will encourage collaboration on new research into stroke self-management and how to put it into practice, and enable greater connection between researchers and practitioners working within the field.

Dr Lisa Kidd, GCU Research Fellow, who is leading the network, says: “When evaluated, there is evidence that person-centred care has real benefits and tailors the experience to a patient’s needs. However, it is early days in terms of a focus on self-management care for people who have had a stroke. The largest UK stroke charities are now starting to look at these themes as part of their research strategies so the network is timely in terms of meeting their objectives and the issues facing stroke practitioners and policy makers.”

Living with stroke and other long term neurological conditions is a portfolio of research generated by GCU researchers together with the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, a national unit funded by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office.

Researchers have an interdisciplinary portfolio of research work streams prioritised by health service users and providers. GCU’s work focuses on the following topics: communication, continence, oral health, physical activity and rehabilitation, outcome assessment, non-pharmacological secondary stroke prevention and self-management.