Stroke burden

Globally, stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability (World Health Organization, 2012). Of the total strokes, 70 per cent occur in low and middle-income countries. On top of that, in the past four decades, the stroke incidence doubled in those countries while it halved in high-income countries (Johnson et al., 2016).

Stroke affects the whole family. Carers – spouses, sons, daughters, and all other loved ones – are forced to change their dreams, plans, and lifestyle – perhaps, forever. It drastically reduces their income, disrupts family routine and harmony. They need to hire trained caregivers; high-income countries provide comprehensive support services not only for stroke survivors but also for carers. In addition, those countries do have a number of non-profit organisations and societies that carry out a range of carer support services. Still, in spite of all those services, significant service gaps do exist even in high-income countries. The access to evidence-based best practice knowledge is one. This blog contributes to filling this ever-widening gap.

This small project – brings recommended stroke recovery best practices from reputed and reliable sources for carers and those living with a stroke.


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